Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Anna
"Great Piano Lessons
As a piano teacher myself, I was anxious to find a teacher that would make learning music an enjoyable experience for my children. I
am totally and completely happy with my children's lessons with Terry. He is patient and encouraging. He draws from a variety of resources to provide music that teaches, challenges, and is pleasant to play (and listen to). I highly recommend him!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Jo
"Easy to Work With
I've taken multiple classes with him and each time he's taken in consideration what I want to accomplish with my lessons and my skill l
evel. He understands what you want out of the lessons and gets you there."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Maria
"Excellent teacher for all levels!
While I played the cello as a child, I'm an adult beginner when it comes to piano.
I've been taking piano lessons from
Whitney for a year, and I really like studying with her. When I first started, we sat down and talked about my goals. She was able to start with where I was (familiar with musical concepts, able to read the base clef, unfamiliar with treble, and baffled at how to make my hands work together) and have our lessons perfectly suited to what I need. It's a perfect balance so I can understand the basics, but we can breeze right through what I already know. Now I can play several songs that actually sounds like real music and I'm so excited!
I definitely have some goal pieces I'd like to play one day, and Whitney's been excellent at finding pieces for me to learn that are the incremental steps. We've also done fun pieces, like Halloween and Christmas songs, as well as Disney songs leading up to a trip I'm taking. She's amazing at helping me find pieces that are something I'm really interested in but that also challenge me just enough.
She helps me with technique, and especially helps me set up how to practice, so I can keep progressing without getting stuck with one warm up exercise.
Also, her studio is BEAUTIFUL."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Jennie
I am in a band with Joe Wiles and he has taught me SO much about guitar. I am ten times a better player now than when we first started pl
aying together. His studio is fully equipped and a great place to learn. I have known Joe for years and I can say not only is he THE BEST guitar player I know personally..(and I do know a ton being in the local band scene) that he is just an all around cool guy and if you are looking to "up" your skills he is the teacher for the job!!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Ken
"Kelsey is so helpful to a novice/wannabe singer. She senses what needs work and addresses the issue(s). She has me work on what I want to sing, in additi
on to what she feels I need basic help on. Kelsey is helping me think about what I need to think about and "listen" before singing. Glad to have found her and her expertise."
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Billy
"Michael isn't just a great teacher and amazing guitarist, but he's a crazy good composer as well, which is a skill that can be difficult to find among man
y music instructors these days. If you're looking to get started from scratch or are a more experienced guitarist looking to break into that next level of playing, Michael would be a great choice as he's the real deal for sure. Great guy too!"
Today is your day to start those piano lessons! Right?
Please contact me for additional availability. I have more options than are shown here.
Whether I am teaching a piano lesson, directing a play or training for a triathlon, you will find that I am always full of enthusiasm and positive life energy.
I look forward to helping you meet your performing arts goals. There is nothing more beneficial to your well-being and contentment than participating in the arts!
When I was a little girl, I begged my parents for piano lessons.... and then flute lessons... and then saxop
hone lessons, and then oboe lessons... and then voice lessons.... and the list goes on and on! They couldn't keep me away from music and theatre.
I studied music and theatre in college as well as having earned a Master's degree in Health and Wellness Education. Music, theatre and the performing arts have been my passion since I was a child. I am lucky enough to enjoy doing what I love for my career.
I am an award- winning educator. I spent ten years a public school teacher and was proud to be nominated several times for TEACHER OF THE YEAR and also was honored two times as a statewide regional finalist for the prestigious HEB Excellence in Education Award.
Your goals are just one click away! Music and theatre? Poetry reading? Public speaking? Need help writing a story? Editing? Life direction and coaching? Parenting and discipline? Healthy weight loss? I am here to help you find your path!
Come join me in the world of the arts. Your health and wellness depend on it! Today is the day to start fulfilling your dream! All ages welcome and encouraged. Little ones and "grown-ups" too... It's never too late!
*** Lesson Details *** Most of all: Lessons will be fun and enjoyable.
I will encourage you, without pressure, to grow in music and to meet your personal goals.
Lessons are paced at YOUR speed to meet your needs in your own comfort zone.
However, don't be fooled....I will challenge you to push yourself beyond what you ever dreamed possible!
Let's get started :)
...I may have lesson availability beyond what is shown here on the website. Please don't hesitate to contact the Take Lessons office with your request. I will do my best to fit you in to my schedule.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, flute, piccolo, drum pad, xylophone, auto harp, trombone, trumpet, french horn, and various other instruments I have collected over the years! In addition, I have a huge library of plays, musicals, librettos, and sheet music. Collecting all things music and theatre is a bit of a hobby of mine...
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano keyboard
*** Specialties *** Flute players new & old... (Be confident for that upcoming chair test) Flute audition prep: Get ready for the big day with advanced lessons. First time piano players of all ages! (C'mon "grownups"- you've always wanted to try this!) Musical theatre, acting coaching, audition prep, monologue selection, Voice Lessons & Singing, Music Theory, Song writing, essay writing, & creative writing
Belinda T. September 18, 2014
In home Verified Student
Kortnee is a fabulous teacher! She came into our home and taught my 9 and 11-year old daughters piano once a week. Both girls thrived and looked forward to their lessons. The progress they made in one year with Kortnee was impressive. We have moved out of state and the biggest regret is that we can't find another piano teacher like Kortnee. We miss her and her enthusiasm for teaching music. Best instructor ever!
Barbara H. February 23, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Kortnee is amazing!!
I actually take both piano and flute from Kortnee. Her energy is contagious and she knows many styles of music. She is always ready to support what I want/need to do and can give me a tip within minutes that will help me forever. I can puzzle over a phrase or mood, and she will immediately "get it". She loves to see me have fun, and loves to help me over the rough spots.
My name is Tim and I live in Schertz, Texas. I hold a BM and a BME from UTSA and an MM from Texas State. I also studied drama for 3 years at Trinity University. I have been a music teacher for 26 years. I have taught elementary music, secondary choir and college level music courses. I have performed in operas, musicals and plays in San Antonio and I have sung at Carnegie Hall in New York. I studied voice with Herald Stark and guitar with David Underwood. I have led a professional singing group and a professional dance troupe. I have composed choral music which has been performed in San Anton
io and entered into international competitions. I have spent years learning techniques to help students sing in tune and learn how to read music. I have experience teaching students of all ages from 3 year olds to adults. I teach students from Northeast San Antonio, Selma, Schertz, Live Oak, Universal City, Cibolo, Bracken, Garden Ridge, Converse, Marion, Seguin and New Braunfels.
*** Lesson Details *** For my younger guitar students, I use the Progressive Guitar Method for Young Beginners series. This book includes a CD to help the student practice at home. For my older guitar students I use a progressive guitar curriculum of my own creation.
For my voice students I use Pathways of Song, Hall Johnson Spirituals, 24 Italian Songs and Arias, Alfred's Folk Songs for Solo Singers, Carl Fisher's The Young Singer series as well as song materials based upon the student's personal interests, such as arts songs and Broadway show tunes.
For my piano students I use the Piano Adventures series by Nancy and Randall Faber and the Alfred Piano Series. Music reading, ear training and theory is part of my instruction. With daily practice you will see a noticeable improvement in musicianship, aural skills and music-reading ability.
I am also an experienced tutor. I have worked with students of all ages and with various learning differences. I have tutored students in reading, writing, math, social studies, ESL and test preparation.
Through online instruction, I am available around the clock and around the globe for tutoring and music lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, classical and folk guitars My home studio has glass doors through which one may observe the lesson.
*** Travel Equipment *** 2 guitars
*** Specialties *** Classical guitar, operatic singing, folksongs, spirituals, music reading, solfege, ear training and sight-singing
Destee Richmond July 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tim was very pleasant and professional. We covered a lot of material in a short amount of time and he was very patient with me when I made mistakes.
Carol K. April 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tim Williams has been teaching guitar lessons to my 9 year old grandson. He is very patient with him and after 4 months Kevin is really excited about learning more from him. We are taking a break for the summer because of vacations but will be bake in the fall after school starts! Very good teacher!
Whitney started singing professionally at the age of 14 with Six Flags Theme Parks. Since then she has been in Branson, Mo and traveled the world singing with Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Norwegian and Celebrity cruise lines. Doing so has given her the opportunity to teach voice to people of all talent levels and all walks of life. She now resides in San Antonio, Texas where she performs at and teaches vocal for Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
*** Lesson Details *** A lesson with me is much more than working on your vocal ability. We are going to pick the perfect vocal selection for you and t
hen work on your entire performance quality. I want to make sure you not only sound great but look like a confident performer whether you are onstage or at your friends wedding or competing. Depending on your goals or time line I am pretty easy going. After 3-6 months you can expect to learn good vocal technique, performance guidelines and the confidence to perform anywhere.
I am also excited to work with your pageant needs and I am very familiar with the Miss America system.
*** Studio Equipment *** keyboard, spare room or living room, seating for parents, access to backing tracks
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide an IPod speakers.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in performance for competitions. I can put together the whole package from helping choose music and costumes along with dance moves and perfecting your vocal technique. I can even make costumes. If you are wanting to compete in pageants or talent competitions I can help you reach your highest potential.
Betty R. July 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I'm so glad that I met Whitney because she is the kind of teacher everyone should want. She is:
Teaches with passion
Very interested in student's interest and student's desire for accomplishment.
Provides on-site support, after hours support, and willing to listen to student's feedback.
Very, very, very encouraging
I'm so glad that I had Whitney as a music, singing, teacher/instructor.
Randy M. July 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Whitney knows how to blend contemporary music with traditional learning. Highly recommend her. You will see results.
Thanks Whitney! :-)
David M. July 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
Challenges you to reach your full potential each lesson. Great at instructing complete beginners and helping them to advance and push themselves quickly.
I am an enthusiastic teacher who focuses on helping my students master the basics. I obtained a double degree in music and music education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I studied piano with Clement C. Petrillo. I furthered my education with a master's degree in music education from U.T.S.A.. My students will benefit from my knowledge of repertoire and technique to achieve their goals. I strive to find music my students will want to play that is accessible, but will also stretch their abilities. I have taught in both the public and private schools for over
thirty-five years and I know how important it is for students to feel both comfortable and challenged.
*** Lesson Details *** I strive to maintain a comfortable, but professional, atmosphere in my home studio. I use the Robert Pace piano series as a base curriculum, but include other method books when supplements are needed. Beginners can expect to be playing with both hands, using basic chords to harmonize known tunes, and playing in three keys, C,F,and G, within three to six months. More advanced students can expect similar rates of progress depending on their musical goals and level of commitment.
*** Specialties *** Kodaly method as applied to piano
Odyssa B. July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My training started when I was very young, age 7, with piano lessons. Since then, I have been playing music my whole life, and I love it! I received my Bachelor's in Music Performance 2001, and will receive a Master's in Music Education in 2016. I am currently looking to start my private studio for ages 5 - 75, in string instruments violin, viola, cello, and beginner piano!
For the very young student, ages 5 -7, violin or piano is preferred, and I would love to get more of the little ones interested in music! The lessons are also a great "mommy and me time" format, a great way to spend ti
me with your child! I have found lots of success with this age group, by using a curriculum that I have developed which is based on the Suzuki method mixed in with classical training and fiddle training. Although I am not Suzuki certified, I use concepts and materials taken from this master teacher. From studying his philosophy and principals through research, I have found the Suzuki method as a very holistic and "easy-to-understand" teaching method for young ages.
For adult students, I have found success in teaching a curriculum that just lets you play music and develop a love for your instrument. I mainly teach adults using lots of music from pop tunes, holiday music, fiddle and Americana music. My curriculum for adults is more about making music and less about playing scales and etudes, although focus on technique is integrated within the type of music books we use.
I also teach middle school and elementary school students all instruments, violin, viola, and cello. Students excel at a very high level with my training. This group will be asked to study music in the classical training method with scales, etudes, and standard classical repertoire, and help with their school orchestra music. Please inquire about training for this age group in person.
*** Lesson Details *** Beginner lessons are great fun! Watch how the instrument turns into clay that molds to your hand, your musical talent. I love to see the amazement in the student when they realize playing a musical instrument is not as difficult as it may look. Each subsequent lesson is a building process, building upon the foundation from the previous lesson. It is imperative that students practice! Practice whenever you get a chance, even a little bit goes a long way. Pick up the violin for ten minutes while you wait for the meal to cook in the evening or waiting for the laundry to finish. Then, find some time to sit quietly in a comfortable space and focus just on the tone and quality of your playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** My home studio.
*** Specialties *** I also hold a yearly spring recital to allow my students to perform, all ages included. This is always great fun and very rewarding! Plus, I'm really excited about my adult students, who are "up and coming" artists! I'm looking to start an adult ensemble for a separate recital to showcase their hard work and enjoyment of playing for the sake of playing a musical instrument! Please inquire about the adult group, even if you have just a little bit of interest in learning the fantastic violin, viola, cello, or piano! It is great fun!
Michael C. August 5, 2014
In studio Verified Student
If you're someone who is new to music and looking for the right teacher, give Clare a call.
I've recently had the pleasure of taking violin lessons with Clare for eight months. I am an adult violin student and before I took lessons from Clare I had virtually zero previous musical training. Clare was the perfect teacher for me. She kept me interested and motivated to learn. Her lessons were well thought-out, well taught and, just as importantly, they were just plain fun. Because of Clare I feel like I have an excellent foundation from which to continue my learning. If I wasn't moving away because of a new job I would definitely still be taking lessons from her.
As an adult, I was kind of nervous to start learning a musical instrument, especially one as tricky as the violin. Clare helped me immensely. She's a wonderful teacher.
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