Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Mala
"Comfortable learning from Frank
Frank has a wonderful personality. I am so much at ease learning from Frank. His style of teaching tips and techniques ha
s made it so much easier for learning rather than having a child playing away and not know the base of an instrument. His patience and understanding is amazing. He is very easy to communicate with and not forgetting how in tuned he is with his student that he picks up things that even I do not know I am doing wrong. Thanks for that. I know for sure I will not be changing to another music teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Susan
"Excellent Teacher for Children
My 5 year old son, Nathan, has been taking lessons with Mr. Jason for several months. Jason communicates well with the us
and is always patient with Nathan. We could not be happier with Nathan's progress.
My favorite aspect of Jason's lessons is that he focuses with Nathan on the different features of the percussion units. I also appreciate that Jason is flexible enough to modify his lesson plans to get the most out of my young son's attention span."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Yaw
"Not only is Eric an incredible instructor, but he is also very patient. Regardless of skill level, Eric will help you reach your full singing potential th
rough multiple singing exercises. Remember those lip rolls!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Renee
My son has enjoyed taking lessons with Tim. Every week he's happy to go and has never had a complaint. He says that Tim is "nice"."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Brooke
"Brooke had a great first lesson. She really liked Victoria! Looking forward to working with her in the future."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Mary
"As a beginner in learning to play the cello and read music.I have learned a great deal through my weekly lessons with Melissa. Every lesson includes pr
esentation of a new skill and a review of previously taught concepts. Melissa effectively provides me feedback about my performance and methods to correct errors. She maintains a high level of rigor and expectation to every lesson. Melissa presents as a very professional instructor with a strong work ethic and dedication to her field."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"My son is 13, and was very shy about his voice for a very long time. I had been searching to find an instructor for him, and then I heard about Luis from
a friend of mine. He came over and quickly was able to befriend my son, soon they where singing together, and all within the first lesson. He is personable, friendly and above all he has brought confidence to my boy. I am so grateful for his services, more than just a vocal instructor he is helping my son to grow in his confidence all around. Now my boy is singing all the time!!!
Great Vocal Instructor!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Cara
"Rhonda has only been teaching my sons ( 5yr old and a 7yr old) for a couple of months, and in those months I have seen my boys grow so much. They love mus
ic and are so excited when it is lesson time. She has such patience and understanding that make it a great learning environment."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Mike
"My son, Lance has taken lessons with Jason for a year and a half now. Jason is always so patient and is great with connecting with Lance and always makes
I have a degree and certification in violin and piano from the Boston Conservatory as well as a Master's Degree from the University of Maryland. I have had additional training and certification as a Suzuki teacher from The Suzuki Teacher Training Institute. I am a member of SAGWA-Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area as well as SAA-Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have played all around the world including the Vatican, White House, Paris, Russia, England and Wales as well as in Concert Halls such as Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. I have taken students with me to perfor
m as well in these countries and also every major concert hall in the Washington, D.C. area. I give my students opportunities to perform whenever there is an opportunity. In addition I work with students to earn music scholarships to private schools and colleges. I am also a judge in the Young Artist Award in Maryland. In addition, I have received two White House awards for my performances at the White House, I am also a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society.
Music has been an important part of my life. It represents so much that is good in life and I do my best to communicate this to my students. I am training my students not just to be musicians but to love music for life.
*** Lesson Details *** I treat each student as an individual since everyone is different. For some I might use a traditional approach, some just the Suzuki approach and others a combination of techniques. Whatever produces the best results. My goal is not to make strictly classical musicians but to train students to love music and carry this love throughout life. My repertoire consists of everything including traditional, Suzuki, Disney, Showtunes, etc. I have taken students to perform little concerts at the White House, schools, hospitals and concert halls to get the real feel of performing. I view lessons as a three way relationship between myself, the student and the parent so that the parent is not left out. I even have a small group called Musical Magic which incorporates magic into music. I feel I am laid back but am able to accomplish my goal through positive reinforcement. Every child or student wants to feel good about his/her playing. If you believe in yourself, anything is possible. If you want online lessons, please contact me through Take Lessons since I have additional availability to teach online. In the past six months my students have performed for the National Humane Society at their animal ball, a multi teacher recital on a local stage, and just two weeks ago seven of them performed at Strathmore. This summer I have two more concerts planned. Coming up will be an all instrument graduation with several other teachers where students receive medals for their performances. No student is required to perform but if they want to the opportunity is there.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach at home and have both a grand piano and electric keyboard in addition to a harp and violin.
*** Travel Equipment *** When my students have to travel to perform, I make sure they have everything they need.
*** Specialties *** Traditional and Suzuki approaches for both violin and piano. I also teach children with learning disabilities.and have extensive summer programs to help students with auditions for youth orchestras and school orchestras.
Bridgit A. June 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Ms.Diane is a really good teacher. My daughter has just started lessons with Ms.Diane, but she has really progressed very well from her prior level. Ms.Diane is very patient and fun to work with. Would highly recommend Ms.Diane!
Maria T. June 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
So far, so good. Ms.Diane is an extremely good and understanding teacher.
Holly May 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.
My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed
with legends like Miles Davis.
I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.
Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!
*** Lesson Details *** Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!
*** Studio Equipment *** basement, digital piano, acoustic/electric guitars, speakers, amps, microphones, recording equipment, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)
*** Specialties *** With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.
With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.
For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.
For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.
Ethan G. June 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
Aless really seemed to connect with our son. Will be looking forward to see how continued lessons go.
Lethe L. May 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Really great teacher! :)
Ramu G. May 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Aleksis' lessons are very structured, he comes prepared and has a lesson plan ready which makes things much easier. He gives me practice sessions which are also very helpful.
Jennifer is a versatile performer with extensive experience in several genres, including opera, and musical theatre. She graduated with a Bachelors of Music Degree from The Catholic University of America, as well as her Masters of Arts in Vocal Performance Degree from George Mason University.
Jennifer is also a vocal instructor in Montgomery County, Maryland, And an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has had a long teaching career which started during her studies at The Catholic University and continues today.
Jennifer is an operatic soprano, and
has performed with several companies, including as the Reunion Music Society, Summer Opera Theatre Company, Multimedia Performance Studio, Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and the Damascus Theatre Company. Her performances include the role of Kim in the east coast premiere of Opera.com.edy, Musetta in La Bohème, the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Carrie in Carousel, and Gianetta in The Gondoliers. She also created the role of Lust in The Blue Opera, and starred in that role for its world premiere. Recently she has been seen as the Bloodied Child in Riverbend Opera's MacBeth, and as Charlotte in A Little Night Music with DTC.
Jennifer has also served as music director for several productions, including Alice in Wonderland with Damascus Creative Stage, Sweeney Todd, The Mikado, Les Miserables, Into the Woods, and The Gondoliers with Montgomery Blair High School, a musical production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with DTC Kids, and Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr. and Disney’s Cinderella Jr with Ballet Petite.
Jennifer also has strong ties to the community and has served as the Co-Conductor of the Kentlands Children’s, Teen, Glee and Adult Choirs, in Gaithersburg, MD. She was also a board member of the Damascus Theatre Company in Maryland.
*** Lesson Details *** I encourage students to explore their voices in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. I focus on healthy singing technique, while still encouraging creativity and individual style. Good singing technique will work for any style - pop, rock, folk, country, musical theatre or classical - and I encourage all students to work on individual expression.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Stereo, Computer, iPad, Sheet Music, Music Stand.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have an iPad and lots of sheet music. Students need to provide a keyboard and may need to purchase sheet music that I don't have.
*** Specialties *** Musical theatre, Classical, Opera
Karyn F. May 3, 2013
Opera Voice Verified Student
Helped me find my passion
In middle school, I really didn't have very much direction and I was afraid of going to high school. To make friends, I decided to go out for one of the high school's audition choirs, and though I didn't make it into the elite choir, I made the women's choir. I was happy, but I was afraid to sing out even in front of the other girls in the choir. I didn't have any confidence in my voice and most of them knew how to read music and sight-sing. I didn't. I started taking lessons with Ms. Jenni in the fall of my freshman year in the hopes of catching up with the other girls and eventually auditioning into the elite choir before my senior year.
That was three years ago. I now read music and sight sing and have much more confidence in my voice. I made the elite choir at my school in the spring of my sophomore year-- and in my junior year we performed at the White House! Jenni has encouraged me to participate in competitions and summer music programs that have helped me grow even more. I am seriously considering majoring in music in college after I graduate in 2014.
Jenni has been such a wonderful teacher. She really "gets me" and her encouragement has helped me find my passion. She's always positive and helpful and treats each student like they are her only one. I just love her and I will miss her when I go to college--because without her I really don't know where I would have ended up.
JyotsnaA April 24, 2011
My daughter Zoe loves Ms. Jenni and is enjoying her vocal lessons. She feels very comfortable with Ms. Jenni and feels she is learning a lot.
MaureenS February 22, 2011
I really appreciated the way Jenni made me feel welcome and comfortable through her outgoing attitude and encouragement. She also made a point to relate to me on a personal level which was very important to me as well and contributed to my comfortability and progress. I definitely plan on taking lessons from her again in the future!
Louis J. has over 20 years of experience playing and teaching piano. He has traveled across the states performing and opening for various artists such as Jonathan Butler and Donnie McClurklin. Mr. J. studied classical piano with Patricia King and studied jazz piano with Harry Appleman at Montgomery College. He received his B.S. degree from High Point University. While in college, he studied music theory and music composition. His musical influences range from Mozart to Oscar Peterson. Although his primary instrument is piano, he also plays guitar, bass, drums, and the organ. He currently ser
ves as the Director of Music at a local church in Alexandria, Va. Mr. J. performs regularly throughout the DC metro area as a studio session musician, music director, and accompanist.
Richard C. July 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great first lesson with my son. Louis connected immediately and we look forward to continued progress. Thanks
Born in Russia, I studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Master of Arts/Voice) and am a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland (Master of arts/Opera). For 3 years I worked in a children music school as a voice teacher and have taught privately. I am active performer. Mostly I am performing in New York City but also in Dc area and other countries. My performed roles include: Nedda (Leoncavallo's Pagliacci) and Iolanta (Tchaikovsky's Iolanta) with Vocal Productions NYC 2014; Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte) with Bethesda Summer Opera Festival 2014; Mimi (La Boheme), Adina (Elixir of
Love) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Dicapo Opera NYC 2013-2014. First Lady (The Magic Flute) with Ash Lawn Opera; Nicolette with State Theatre Bern, Switzerland (Love for Three Oranges); Elisa (The Shepherd King) and Pergolesi's Flaminio (Il Flaminio) with State Theatre Biel, Switzerland; Kupava (The Snow Maiden) at Philharmonic Concert Hall, Lithuania; Mimi (La Boheme) with Opera Ischia, Italy; Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) in Moscow.In January 2014 I had my debut in The Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Misha L. January 28, 2015
Opera Voice ·
Yulia is a very professional, capable, and patient teacher, who produces results. She has a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of singing and what is takes to build a solid foundation of a vocal technique. Furthermore, she is able to demonstrate and reinforce important points with her own voice and that helps a lot. I definitely recommend Yulia as a voice teacher!!
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