Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Alex
"He is excellent. goes above and beyond to make sure I'm learning and enjoying my lessons. I've noticed significant improvement already in only 3 lessons.
Will definitely continue and recommend him very highly!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Brandon
"Lena is a wonderful teacher. I am an adult learner and she has proven to be wonderfully patient, and extremely flexible as sometimes my schedule varies du
e to work. Learning piano has been very fun for me and I plan to continue my lessons for a long time."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Amy
"Jessica really helped me with 2 singing auditions I was looking forward to, and both of the songs sound awesome! Really happy I found her, best singing te
acher I've had."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Carrie
"Heidi is one of a kind. Together we brought music from a two dimensional piece of paper and turned it into a four dimensional masterpiece. Overall she has
taught me how express myself through music. She is the best, out of all three teachers I've had not one of them have opened my eyes to the wonders of music until now. I wouldn't trade her for anything and I'm extremely fortunate to have had her fall into my musical career."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Chris
"Ricardo is a thoughtful, intelligent and patient instructor. I would highly recommend him to others."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Esther
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Anonymous
"Alan is a great music teacher
I contacted Alan when I was searching for a teacher that would teach a complete novice. I was looking to finally get into l
earning drums (at middle age) --- it was something I had always wanted to do but never had time to do earlier in life.
Alan is extremely professional and reliable. In my case, he provides in-home lessons, and he has been punctual and reliable for every single lesson. His teaching style is easygoing and comfortable. He is encouraging and responsive to questions. He is thorough in assignments and listens well if you have a specific direction you want to go in. Very glad to have found him!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Susan
"Picture "My daughter has taken a few lessons with Susan and we couldn't be happier. She does a variety of practices, breathing techniques and warm ups as
well as singing. She genuinely cares about her clients and goes out of her way to support them. Her lessons are a lot of fun and my daughter always looks forward to go." - Charlotta H. Picture "I am about to have my fourth session with Susan and I'm looking forward to it. Susan is wonderful. I'm a guitar player in a band and have never tried singing outside the car, and she has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Susan provides a great mix of techniques that I never would have guessed would be helpful, but they are! Susan has quickly given me the training and confidence that will allow me to sing in my band very soon. She is not a clock watcher and she gives you 100% of her attention and dedication. I absolutely would recommend Susan to anyone. I wish I hadn't waited so long." - Greg G."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Zane
"Best player I've heard in person. Very smart and excellent technique and tone. He's got a very pleasurable personality and he is so easy to learn from. He
definitely cares about his students! Four thumbs up!"
My name is Gabriel. I have been playing and teaching for over 25 years both piano and Voice. As a Music Major and Christian Education major at Johnson Bible College I not only learned the skills needed to be a musician but also how to teach what I had learned.
As a Student you will find that learning to play and sing can be fun and easy. I always make my lessons enjoyable and I add humor, games and other instruments to enhance your learning experience.
I am both a musician and song writer. I have a great time teaching and work great with both Children and adults. I love it when
working with people and that "Light" comes on when they realize "I really learned something." I live for those moments.
I have worked with students of all levels. I even work with children with special needs. So no matter what you would like to do with your music, play for enjoyment, compose music, sing, for church or professionally I can help you get there.
*** Lesson Details *** The lessons I teach are fun and educational. No matter who you are I am able to teach you. I do not teach traditional piano. Why? Because most people are unable to play this style due to issues with eye hand coordination. The Method I teach "Chord Percussion Style" teaches a strong foundation in piano basics backed by a Strong Music Theory base. I have yet to find anyone who has not been able to learn with this method. For voice I teach natural voice as opposed to Head Voice. This allows the student to learn to sing in a solo or group setting. You will be amazed at the difference a few adjustments can make in your voice. So as you continue your lessons with us you will see constant improvement. On top of Voice and Piano I can help you learn to write your own music. Using the theory that you use you will learn to start to piece music together.
*** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard - Roland Weighted Keys Amplifier Bongos Guitar
*** Specialties *** I teach Chord Percussion Style which is based on the use of chords and strong piano fundamentals and mixed with in-depth Music Theory and percussion technique. Super Fun for all ages!
Barbara B. June 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
so far my lesson was great, was really nervous while I was singing, but Gabriel was understanding and patient with me.
Melissa D. January 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Gabriel is doing a wonderful job teaching our daughter to sing in her voice and not to mimic other popular artists. We opted for the hour lesson and are pleased the improvement we have witnessed in a few short months. Highly recommend Gabriel!
Lora B. October 29, 2014 Verified Student
Mr. Gabriel is amazing! He knew exactly what I needed work on and he makes me feel like he WILL help my voice improve!
Since beginning his teaching career in 1974 David has taught 7000 people how to play guitar! Some aspiring only to play at home for fun and others to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
David F. has also taught advanced guitar and music theory to several professional musicians who already play other instruments fluently including Oscar nominee Scott Rogness, who co-wrote and performed the songs featured in the movie That Thing You Do. Scott had this to say about his study with David:
"I studied with David for about 8 months. Although proficient on keyboards, a singer and
songwriter; I had never learned the guitar. I knew a lot about the guitar by osmosis, but technically was green. David let me look at the guitar in a whole new way, using infinite variations on basic chords, showed me how to move and follow vocal melodies and challenged me to SEE what I was playing. All at the speed of thought."
Scott Rogness Singer/Songwriter/Keyboardist/Guitarist
David F. plays a custom built guitar with Bartoline electronics made by Jay Rhyne in Atlanta, GA. For live performances, David uses a Roland Guitar Synth and an Apple PowerBook with Logic audio for mixing his arsenal of software synthesizers and samplers, as well as Guitar Rig for guitar effects processing. When in Nashville contact David F. for private guitar lessons.
I am always looking for the band that will allow me to express myself, my influences include Hendrix, Page, Dimeola, Weather Report, Chick Corea, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and many others.
I read music and charts, and between practicing, teaching, playing, and recording, I have spent 80+ hours a week for the past 34 years with a guitar. I like to soar in the wind when I am playing."
*** Lesson Details *** Almost all of my students learn bar chords and how to use them in song they want to play in the first hour of lesson time.
Almost all of my students begin in the first lesson with songs like Little Wing and Georgia On My Mind, and Stairway To Heaven, with the right chords in sheet music form. Once you learn how to do that you can begin to take yourself through songbooks, if you learn how to use the printed music, there is a vast amount of it available everywhere.
Almost all of my students are reading melodies using real notation by the 4th or 5th lesson. Reading melodies they like and want to play. Although my students know how to use tab, Notation is the best way and they all prefer it, once they know the difference. Like the Stairway To Heaven Solo, or any of the beautiful Spanish melodies from J.Rodrigo, or blues ,jazz,rock and roll, once you can read, you can read anything in print on your own.
All of my students learn rhythm skills playing scales and songs with a metronome, so you learn how to play in time, as you develop stronger rhythm skills you can play better alone or with other people.
All of my students learn the Music Theory. What Time Signatures are and mean, Scales and scale harmonization. Chord progressions and playing through the chord changes. All of these and more are the fundamentals you will begin to work on in the first 4-5 hours of lessons with me. I just don't show you songs, I teach you to teach yourself and begin to become musically independent. Work on picking and speed and most importantly touch and feel. Work on Finger picking as well, learn to use all 5 fingers on your right hand. or use the pick and 3 fingers, with me you WILL use your pinky or little finger. By 3-4 months we will have covered the fundamentals and be working on more advanced material, songs and technique.
*** Studio Equipment *** separate room with seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I use a Learn to play Guitar book that i wrote and self publish in full color. I also use several books by Jerry Coker with some jazz students,and I recommend the Harvard Dictionary of music to students I teach the fundamentals of music applied to the guitar and bass, as well as metronome skills,sight reading and music theory.
Mike L. December 8, 2014
Online Verified Student
I have increased my lesson frequency to two one-hour sessions per week simply because of my progress under David's direction. After only three months of weekly lessons, I can now read music and play while reading. David has introduced me to effective melodic soloing, has significantly improved my understanding of barre chords up and down the fretboard, and has convinced me to abandon "guitaristic" thinking in favor of really understanding the potential of the guitar beyond shape memorization.
Mike L. September 23, 2014
Online Verified Student
For those players serious about music, who are willing to devote the time and attention required to improve, and who appreciate not only learning to play guitar but the theory and history behind the music, David is your man. I have taken lessons in the past, usually consisting of a teacher asking what riffs I wanted to work on that day. Sound familiar? Not David. Within the first two weeks, he has me focused on plucking the strings with more feel, using a pick and fingers simultaneously with my right hand, practicing scales to the tempo of a metronome while using the forwards and backwards technique, etc. He has convinced me that I can become as accomplished a player as I put my mind and heart to. His mantra is to work towards playing at the speed of thought, which, for the first time in my life, looks to be a possibility with time. Thank you, David.
Lewis G. May 15, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with David. Gave a wealth of info now it's up to me but with his approach I know it will be all good. Have had other teachers but David is not only an accomplished player he is also is able to instruct and teach. Will write again after a few more lessons.
Private Lessons - 22 years Public and Magnet Schools - 7 years
I've tutored 100’s of students from ages 4 to 58. Teaching primarily saxophone I've also tutored on Clarinet, Flute, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, tuba, trumpet and voice. I also give instruction in music theory, improvisation, arranging, composition, engraving, music notation, and general studio operations from recording to engineering. I have given lessons privately and under many school and magnet programs from Iowa, Miami and currently the Nashville school systems.
I hold a Degree from the hig
hly accredited University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, and have also taken courses at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls Iowa in classical performance and education.
As a musician I have traveled to and performed in over 51 countries around the world, all the major cities in the US and many famous venues in New York City, London and Rome. I've appeared with such artists as: Michael Brecker, Arturo Sondoval, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Shew, Poncho Sanchez, Duffy Jackson, American Idol's Kimberely Locke, Earth wind and Fire, Lionel Richie, Clarence Clemets, William Shatner, The Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Band, and most recently in Nashville with Steve Martin’s Bluegrass Band.
Student Lesson Details:
Most importantly, I believe music should be fun and music lessons should also be fun. Not only is it important to learn music but also to PLAY IT! I teach a simple and effective system to all students learning music or an instrument for the first time. It is my goal to achieve that students potential in the shortest amount of time and at the highest level.
It is important that all students learn the fundamentals of the language of music however I’m very flexible to each student’s individual needs and desires.
Teacher Equipment and Studio:
The lesson studio is located in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. It is a professional recording studio and an isolated space offering a noise free environment. The studio is also equipped with a waiting area where parents can view the lesson through a large glass window. There is also a lavatory and free parking.
The studio offers professional recording gear and an 88 weighted key piano. I can also provide all lesson materials and books required for learning and some additional instruments are also available.
For the same price as the lesson time I can also provide instrument repair service. I have many years experience working on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and other instruments dealing with general maintenance, to complete overhaul. Please inquire for more details.
Tyrone J. June 23, 2015
Online Verified Student
Starting off good!
Lisa L. April 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dustin was awesome, real helpful, encouraging & educational. I enjoyed it so much! Thanks!
J C M. March 22, 2015
Online Verified Student
This is my second lesson with Dustin. Dustin is a knowledgeable cool young man with a keen ear for for the saxophone tones. I've learned something at both lessons. I plan to continue to learn from Dustin. I would recommend Dustin to anyone who wants to learn how play the saxophone. J.C.
After a few years in the music industry and studying under the nation's best vocal coaches (including: Brett Manning, Cari Cole, and Renee-Grant Williams) I have chosen to come back to school and offer voice lessons. Not only am I able to coach in vocal technique, use of consonants, and range expansion, but having met with major labels, receiving publishing deal offers and national radio and TV airtime, using Youtube as a platform to gain millions of views, and touring in London and the US, I can simultaneously train in performance and offer career guidance - and for a relatively low price!
Learning is my passion. I love to learn new things and I love to help others learn. With a Masters degree in Learning Technologies, I have designed curriculum for Higher Education classes, corporate trainings, and K12 tutoring. I began teaching as a Media Specialist helping university students and faculty learn to use various software and media equipment. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with minors in Math, Game Development, and IT, I began writing curriculum and teaching corporate technology courses. I have also worked with K12 teachers to implement learner-centered ins
tructional practices and technology into the classroom, as well as worked with students from Elementary to High School to create media using a wide variety of tools.
As your tutor and learning partner, I promise to always focus on helping you achieve your goals. I don’t require a specific book or curriculum. There are plenty of quality resources out there. Instead, we will focus on using the available resources to get you to where you want to be.
I believe my biggest asset is my ability to learn. I have studied and performed research in the area of learning, and have a deep understanding of the process. In our sessions, you will learn not only subject-specific skills, but how to be self-directed in your own learning no matter the content. You will cultivate confidence in your abilities and a mindset of lifelong learning that will be useful in every area of your life.
As an avid learner, the subjects I tutor are varied. I have nearly 20 years of experience in music. I play piano, guitar, trumpet, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, harmonica, and more. I have studied music theory and even composed, recorded, and published my own original music.
I work with people from elementary students to adult learners. Look through my subjects and let me know what you’re interested in. I look forward to helping you learn and improve your skills.
Kaden July 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very positive and encouraging, patient and kind. He was able to engage well with my introverted and shy son and make him feel comfortable and have fun. My son commented after that he really liked his new teacher!
Patrick C. June 22, 2015
Most teachers aren't the most pleasant people to be around. Drew, on the other hand, was a teacher I always looked forward to learning from. All around, a super nice and knowledgable guy.
Wade C. June 21, 2015
Adobe Creative Suite ·
Drew is knowledgeable and personable. You know you are getting good information from him and that he knows his stuff. But at the same time, you also can relate to him and this creates a better atmosphere for good communication and learning.
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7 Songs to Sing With Your Kids to Encourage Creativity
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What Kind of Violin Accessories Will I Need?
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