Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by jenny
"Remi has been a great teacher - very patient, supportive. Also has a lot of good "tricks" to help you through challenging parts of learning an instrument.
I have been playing violin for years now, so I have had quite a bit of experience with music instructors, and I feel I picked an extraordinary teacher to help me with the ukulele. (Also, I have a very irregular schedule and Remi has been flexible with reschedules, which I greatly appreciate.) Thanks Remi!"
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Raymond (Remi) L.
Review by Aleks
"Highly Recommend Austin G
Austin is a wonderfully knowledgable and experienced drummer and teacher. He has been great with our son and makes the learning
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Joseph
"Matt is the best. I have been taught by several private tutors over the years (singing and guitar) and none of them approached Matt’s level. He is a born
teacher. With his infectious enthusiasm, amazing talent, and great patience, he raised me above what I thought I was capable of. I am very pleased that I chose Matt and I hope to continue with him for a long time to come."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by John
"I've been taking lessons with Kim, off and on as finances allowed, for 10+ years. Kim has a brilliant knack for being able to quickly assess what is need
ed to keep me moving forward in my study of music. We have primarily focused on bass with some guitar thrown in. That speaks to the flexibility and patience that this instructor possesses. She will keep lessons focused and moving forward,challenging me when it's called for, all in a gentle, affirming manner. I cannot speak highly enough about Kim's abilities both as a performing musician or as a music instructor. Nobody could go wrong with Kim as a teacher, she's been great!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jeff
"Adriane is a great teacher. She is patient and knows how to match the material and end goal to keep it challenging and show progress. The location is conv
enient for me to take lessons after work, late in the afternoon."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Michael
Richard is an outstanding teacher. Extremely knowledgeable and a great ability to teach others. Lessons are a lot of fun and you will m
ake real progress. Great attitude and very encouraging."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Dana
Andrew Brown is a great teacher! I didn't have any music experience when I signed up for my first class, but he was extremely patient and
despite a lack of natural rhythm I learned a lot in every session. Most lessons would incorporate exercises, learning a new beat or technique, learning a song by reading music and learning a song by listening to it. I was never bored during one of his classes as the material was always challenging enough to keep my focus, but not too hard to make me feel frustrated.
I would recommend Andrew Brown to anyone who wants to learn the drums! He's a great teacher and a really nice person!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Phil
"I started playing drums as a senior in high school (2005). I thought I could teach myself or learn from youtube... I quickly found out I wasn't progressin
g and knew I needed lessons. I heard about Evan through one of his other students who is now a professional drummer. So I called up Evan and was hooked after one lesson! I took lessons with Evan from 2005-2007. Instantly Evan was opening my eyes to the depth of possibilities in creating beats, keeping time, etc. I learned so much from Evan and quickly was able to play with bands at school, church, and with friends. It didn't take long before I became better than many of my peers who had been drumming much longer than I had.
It definitely took hard work but I loved practicing because I loved playing! Evan gave me a passion and love for music and the drummers role in music! I am not a professional drummer but because of my lessons with Evan I am confident I can sit in and play with almost any band playing any type of music!
Thank you Evan!!!
PS. One of the other awesome things about Evan is that he's the real deal! He's not someone teaching because he can't do. You can go watch him plan all over Orange County multiple times a week in a variety of different bands and musical styles. Its been a ton of fun staying in touch with him over the years and watching him play!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Theo
"He's a good instructor, he teaches easy and simple"
Experience: 30 years teaching private piano lessons, former head of Cerritos College Children's Piano Program. Trained with Christine Bardin, composer of Alfred's "Music for Little Mozarts".
Philosophy I have had the advantage of having the best teachers and try to also give that opportunity to my students. When a new student first comes to me, I ask what is their goal and formulate a strategy to rapidly lead them to achieve that goal. Whether it is precise classical training or a general music experience that includes reading music and playing popular pieces, I give everyone a thorough
education in theory, sight reading, and exercises to promote fast and even piano playing. I teach students as young as 4 years old with the "Music for Little Mozarts" approach which I taught at Cerritos College where I was trained by one of the composers of the method. For age 6 and up, I use a different method book with CD and theory book that the students find motivating and enjoyable. However, most of the repertoire that they study comes from supplemental pieces that I choose for each individual according to their interests and abilities. I play for them at the lesson and encourage them to listen to music at home as music is a language and must be heard to be reproduced. I believe I have a lot to offer as a teacher because I have a good combination of excellent training and also the ability to make the lesson enjoyable and relaxing for the student. A frequent comment I hear at the end of the lesson is " Is it over already?"
*** Lesson Details *** The lesson content depends on the interest of the students. I have children who insist on mostly classical music and others that want to play "Star Wars". The format of the lessons includes finger exercises for good technique, new pieces, review pieces, and written work known as music theory. My students study many pieces at a time and change repertoire frequently in order to foster good sight reading skills.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have two grand pianos and a well stocked music library in a large sitting room.
*** Specialties *** I have a B.A. degree not just in music, but in piano performance, and also post graduate piano studies at the Music Academy of the West. At UCSB, a music degree without piano performance emphasis only required passing a intermediate level proficiency exam. I have a classical background and teach beginning through advanced piano students. I teach children as young as four years old using the "Music for Little Mozarts" course.
Helene F. November 22, 2013
I have two children who are students. One did not want to play any instrument but is going to a performing arts school. Barbara took that into account and focused the teaching on things my child would use in school like accompanying singers, reading music, playing show tunes.My other child has a completely different focus. Barbara keeps her engaged and learning even though the interests are entirely different. Barbara knows much more than just piano. She knows about the music business and what it takes to succeed as a musician. She is a great resource and teacher.
Suki D. November 6, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Great teacher for an adult beginner
I have always been interested in learning the piano and finally did it. Barbara is a wonderful instructor. I have been taking lessons for approximately three months and can read music and play! Barbara is very encouraging and I look forward to each lesson.
I am now preparing to play holiday tunes at the family gathering!
Helene F. March 11, 2013
Child had lessons at another program but teachers did not motivate students. Barbara engages the student. She focuses her teaching on both what the parent wants and what the child is interested in so the kids are more interesting in practicing and moving forward. Barbara is good with both younger students and teenagers. She is patient and knowledgeable.
I grew up in Quebec City Canada, where I only spoke French during those growing years. From a very young age, I was always attracted to music and particularly playing drums. My mom has told me that before I could even walk, I was already banging away on whatever I could put my hands on. I would sit down with pots, pans, and spoons and bang away. My parents bought my first “real” drum kit when I was about five years old. It was a Mickey Mouse drum set that they ordered from the Sears catalog. I was ecstatic. Unfortunately, because of the poor quality of the drum, this particular kit only lasted
a couple months, but it was on that very drum kit that I gave my first live performance. The concert took place in the basement of my house. This memorable concert included one song, a French version of California dreaming, with me on drums, my brother on guitar and my sister as a singer. The crowd (one uncle and our mom) loved it and saw the potential in what could be a career someday!
My next significant concert was when I was 15 years old. My brother and I put a Beatles tribute band together and did an all Beatles song concert. We were able to convince about 300 of our friends and schoolmates that the $3 dollar ticket would be worth it. During my teenage years, I got really serious about drumming and joined a Drum and Bugle Corp band. I probably learned the most during those 5 years. We had several incredible professional drum teachers that spent countless hours teaching us everything from every single rudiment in the book, drum theory to several techniques on how to play drums. Those years were foundational for me as a drummer.
Fast-forward a couple years and you end up in the glamour rock days: the 80’s. It was a time where it was irrelevant if you knew how to play an instrument well, but the main thing that mattered had to do with the “hairdo” that would sit on top of your head. Still, it was during those years that I started to play regularly. I had a couple different bands and we played around quite a bit as well as spend a lot of time writing our own music. Through it all, even the glamour rock days provided an opportunity for me to grow as a drummer and overall musician. In 1986 we founded our own original rock band. We started writing our own music and found a name that would stick to us like glue once we moved to the US. Our band name was “One Way” and we did eventually to the US in order to pursue our dream.
One Way only lasted a couple years and in 1991, my brother and I started another band. This one lasted for almost 20 years. The Kry was born as we continued writing songs & playing around Albuquerque New Mexico where we had moved in 1988. In 1992, we launched our first album “I’ll find You There” with Asaph Records in Costa Mesa California. My brother and I became Christians while living in Albuquerque and so everything we wrote had to do with our beliefs as Christians. Throughout the years, The Kry released ten albums with sales of over half a million records. We toured extensively from 1992 through 2002 in over 25 countries as well as numerous times in the US.
In 2010 I stopped playing music on a professional lever for a living in order to travel less and be with my children more. I am still involved with music writing as well as teaching. I did not get a music degree but was trained professionally during my teenage years by different professional drummers with private lessons.
I teach music to school aged children from 5 years old to more advance students of all ages. I track their personal progress, collaborate with parents, and work with students to prepare for school band, contests, and special concerts. I also specialize in advanced development for already established drummers. No matter what, it is always a blast to be able to pour out to other aspiring and younger drummers what I have learn from the many years of playing and touring.
*** Lesson Details *** Having been a drummer all my life and having been able to earn a living from it for well over 25 years has been one of the biggest blessings for me. I want to be able to impart the joy of playing drums to you. Because of the thousands of shows played during my career, I have acquired a solid knowledge of playing live which helps me impart to young musicians live drumming skills that will be beneficial when playing in front of a crowd. Also, having recorded 10 albums in various studios as well as having been hired to record for other artists, studio drumming will also be taught carefully and with expertise.
The topics that we will be going through together are endless. With younger drummers who are just starting, we will go through basic topics like how to purchase a drum kit. Where and what kind of drum kit to buy. How to set up a drum kit, general glossary, tuning, and maintenance. What size and what brand of drumsticks you should use, how to warm up and practice, as well as stick, bass drum, snare, cymbals and overall techniques. I will teach you all the main rudiments, go through basic and more advanced quarter notes, eighth, sixteenth note drum beats. We will learn some cool grooves, and drum fills. We will make sure that you understand drum dynamics, and independence. I can teach you any songs of your choice or any styles you wish to focus on. Learn to do drum solos and if desired, complete drum theory.
Each lessons and curriculum will be tailor made for every student. I will provide every exercises and practice plan for the student to take home and practice during the week. Every student will be given the chance to understand every aspect of drumming as well as discover the fun and pleasure drumming comes with.
Because every student learns at his or her own pace, there will not be any pressure or unreachable expectation that would make learning drum a drag. (pun intended = drag is a rudiment) but over the period of 6 months, there will be noticeable progress.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room w/ electronic drum set and seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Usually the student will have his own instrument which we will use for lessons. Otherwise, I can bring my own equipment.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Since I was heavily trained with using proper techniques (I can play both match or conventional grip on drums) I spend a lot of time focusing on my students developing the proper technique to play with. I was mainly a rock drummer and so my genre is definitely rock drumming but have experience with many styles of music. I also teach percussion, guitar and music theory
Nathaniel W. May 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He was great . And teaches it the fun way. Thank you.
Luis P. March 11, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Yves truly qualified in experience and teaching ability
Selected Yves as a drum teacher for my son based on his profile. Yves is an experienced, patient and fun instructor that has been effective making drumming fun and interesting to my five year old. Yves is good at making sure parents understand how to help their child in the learning process. Yves is a bit further out from me but I am not disappointed. Thank you Yves.
GinnyL July 1, 2012
Yves is THE BEST instructor!
My son is 5-years-old and quite an active little guy! When he said he was interested in learning to play guitar, I wasn't sure we would be able to find a teacher for his age. We did; Yves is the best! Yves is always patient with him and understanding of his age/ ability. He instructs him with kindness and holds his attention. Yves also has a wonderful home studio in a nice home/area. He is flexible with scheduling as well. He goes above and beyond with extra help and recommendations for helpful materials. My son looks forward to seeing him every week and sharing with him 'how much I practiced'. We would highly recommend Yves to anyone.
Kris B has a Bachelors degree in Music from California State University Northridge, and has worked professionally in a variety of styles including jazz, Latin, rock, funk, r&b, and classical. He has gotten to work with many of the finest musicians in Southern California, and has teamed up to perform clinic/performances with musicians such as Luis Conte, Richie Gagate Garcia, Taku Hirano, and Roland Gajate Garcia. He’s also performed clinics with Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s great bassist, Tony Franklin, who was with The Firm, as well as Richard Fortus, guitarist with Guns N’ Roses. Kris
is also very happy to have gigged with many world class musicians including Michito Sanchez, Kevin Ricard, Clare Fischer, Otmaro Ruiz, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie, Denice Williams, Stu Goldberg, Art Davis, Doc Severenson, Tim Bogert, Rique Pantoja, Derron Johnson, Doug Lunn, Ron Stout, Rob Whitlock, John Pisano, Fred Katz, Gloria Gaynor, Jeff Kashiwa, Vinnie Falcone, Massamba Diop, Casio Duarte, and Dylan Wilson, among many others. Kris has been hired for many different types of gigs including a variety show where he had the pleasure of performing with the host, actor/comedian Jason Alexander. He currently plays regularly with John Heussenstamm from The Surf Punks, which is a burning trio that includes Baba Elephante. Kris has a mastery and expertise on his instrument that stems from his vast amount of experience. It enables him to enlighten students with instruction that can encompass many styles of music. Because he has great depth and wisdom, a student having difficulty with any aspect of their playing can consult with him, and Kris will instantly produce a methodic strategy to get the student on their way to solving the issues, allowing them to continue to evolve. Kris was on the faculty at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood from 2001 to 2013. There he taught the double bass drumming class, the odd meters class, afro-cuban drumming class, caribbean drumming class, jazz drums class, rhythm section workshops, live playing workshops, applying technique to the drum set class, music reading 1,2,& 3, fill fest (drum fills class), funk, r&b, and hip-hop classes, as well as open counseling, and private instruction. Kris has studied privately with: Luis Conte, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton , Joey Heredia, Jimmy Branly, Gerry Brown, Wally Snow, Roy Burns, Peter Donald, Joel Leach , Karen Ervin, John Magnussen, Brian Kilgore, Rob Carson, Les De Merle.
*** Lesson Details *** The lessons are tailored to the goals of the student. Fundamentals are taught within the context of the styles of music that the student prefers. As the students skills and knowledge increase, his exposure to a wider palette of musical styles will increase. Styles taught include: Rock, jazz, funk, r&b, pop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean, classical-symphonic.
*** Specialties *** music, drums, percussion, music theory, voice, song-writing Rock, Jazz, Pop, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Classical-Symphonic Vibraphone, marimba, mallet keyboards, symphonic percussion, Latin percussion-hand percussion, music theory, jazz improvisation, rhythm section workshops, vocal technique, song writing-production. "I adapt my methods to the student, but I particularly enjoy teaching the Murry Spivak/Wally Snow method, which is a highly specialized method of classical snare drum training which can then be applied to many other styles, including drum set. I can also teach a drum corp. approach".
Rosalin S. March 20, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Kris is awesome!
Kris is awesome! You will never meet anyone who loves musicor teaching as much as Kris. I startedwith him almost two years ago, and as an adult, beginning voice student I ampretty inhibited. Kris has an enthusiastic manner about him though, that reallyhelps you relax and feel more confident as he instructs you. When I started outthere was a real tightness in my voice that was probably more psychological thanphysical, but he showed me some important techniques for voice relaxation andamplification. For someone as shy about singing as I am, some of histechniques may seem a little outlandish at first, but they really do work! My karaoke buddies tell me that I sound even better than before! Iwholeheartedly recommend Kris to anyone who is looking for an enthusiastic andknowledgeable teacher.
LynnP July 3, 2012
My son and I have been looking for a great teacher and we finally found one!
GeorgeL October 14, 2011
Kris is very driven and wants you to do well. I know I did he was very patient and knowledgeable easy to work with. Mahalo nui loa Kris
Songwriter / Producer Instruments: Piano, Vocals, Guitar/Bass, Drums DAWS: Reason, FL, Waves, & Pro Tools Member of BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC (2011-Present)
If you would like to schedule an appointment at a different time, please ask and I will do my best to make that arrangement.
What's inside the singing lesson?
Lessons revolve around three basic aspects which are training, singing, and acting.
In training, definitely be ready for some scale exercises. If you want to work on making your vibrato faster, breathe better, sing more loud or soft, sing short or longer phrases, co
ntrolling your mix, executing your melismas, r&b licks, blue notes, bending notes, singing super high notes and transitioning down to lower notes: balancing head and chest voice, and expanding your range, then vocal training is what you'll need. Most of this activity involves matching sounds to custom scales played on a piano.
In singing, definitely have a song in mind you want to work on. Then we'll discuss which techniques and skills that are essential for that particular genre of music. Other than that, you'll learn singer's diction and will know how to control vowel sounds and consonants more efficiently. Most of this activity involves you singing either a line, a verse, chorus, bridge, or the entire song. It really depends on what level you feel comfortable at. Most of this activity revolves around breathing techniques, phrasing techniques, and you singing the melody correctly on pitch.
In acting, whether you're recording or performing, you'll still need to put an act together. Portrayal of emotions are quite the essential skills to make your sound believable. If singing with feeling is not working out for you, then you might want to consider working on some basic acting skills. Some of the skills covered are voice inflections, rhythm, gestures, body language, and facial expressions. Most of this activity involves you expressing yourself as an artist.
How to be prepared for the lesson?
If you do not have a piano or recording device on hand, I'll provide both devices for you. It's recommended to provide a piano. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be in tuned. If it's digital, you should be fine. It's also recommended to have a recording device. Many clients enjoy recording their lessons on their mp3 players or any other computer devices. Please have a clean and clear space with an electrical outlet for the piano and recording device. Other than that, please wear comfortable clothing as if you are about to play a sport or an activity you enjoy. If you want to dress like a super star that's fine too.
Mariana T. August 24, 2015
Christian Gospel ·
In home Verified Student
Varin's teaching methods were really helpful to me. He's a really out going guy and he makes you feel comfortable in being able to make mistakes. The techniques he taught me were extremely helpful in improving my vocal range. Highly Recommend him!!!
Jimmy L. August 3, 2015
Online Verified Student
Simply just the best!
Ronnie July 13, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Varin is a great instructor to work with! He understands the artists needs and wants and gives out knowledgeable information to carry on. He definitely helped me start to find a comfort zone in my approach to my music! and is flexible with his schedule. You won't be disappointed.
I am delighted as a music teacher and performer, with excitement and joy when my students really enjoy music. A musician is just like a 'Messenger of Love, Beauty, and Truth', bringing to people what is lovely, truthful and pure.
Learning a musical instrument can open our eyes to see beauty of life, to embrace our sense of being and further, to prove that quality and purpose of life results from more than just physical satisfaction.
For years we find that most studios, limited to resources and the pressure of exams - a competition-oriented approach, provide merely technical training on s
kills, but not a holistic encountering of music. We will try to bring about a different approach:
Without diminishing the skill training, we will enhance the music appreciation training by guiding students to listen to legendary historical recordings on a regular base. Furthermore we'll also encourage our students to reach out together to the communities with our concerts and services, based on the passion to deliver high quality performance. The sole purpose of this approach is to awaken and cultivate our love for music as well as to rectify the purpose of learning classical music.
We hope our students can eventually experience that the purpose of music making , or in a broader view, performing arts, is to enrich our world, physically, emotionally and spiritually. This is the reason we are the messenger of love - the Almighty God.
Eric M. July 31, 2014
In studio Verified Student
She's a very in depth teacher and doesn't leave any question unanswered very polite and accommodating had a multitude of sources tips knowledge and experience to offer I think she's the best
Valentina W. H. April 4, 2014
I'm impressed for her elaboration & skills
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