Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Joseph
"Excellent, dedicated teacher
I started taking lessons with David almost a year ago, coming in with a few years of piano lessons in my distant past and a
year or so of tinkering around with a guitar on my own (read: wasting my time). In the year that I've been with David my guitar playing has blossomed faster than I would have thought possible - my technique is developing, I am playing challenging and rewarding music, and I am beginning to get a handle on basic music theory concepts. This is all because of David's rigorous teaching technique: David is not satisfied with teaching basic chord shapes, which are easy to learn but can stunt musical development; instead, David insists on developing knowledge of chord voiceings and the ability to see the notes that you are playing as you play them. Though it is challenging, the payoff is the ability to sight read almost any song and improvise. David is happy to work on whatever song you would like to develop, but he also insists on practicing challenging music, mostly jazz and boss nova, that will develop your chord vocabulary and technique. I should also mention that David is a great guy and a pleasure to work with. If you're looking to work hard and learn a lot, this is the teacher for you."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Hannah
"All I can say is, WOW! We are so happy that we made the switch to Ms. Marty!"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by John
Not only did I learn how to play the songs I like, but I also learned key musical concepts and theories that helped to advance my music
al skills outside of lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed having Rob as a teacher."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by NATASA
Lena is always ready to talk with you if you have some doubts and to share with you all her experience with music and the way of learni
ng that will give the best results.She teaches you not only how to play but also to be disciplined and confident-everything that is important to achieve your success. She is wonderful teacher, understanding and flexible. My 3 years old girl said about her teacher Lena: "She is beautiful,gentle and so sweet". I would highly recommend Lena for anyone considering to take piano lessons."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jamie
"Stefani is a great voice teacher!
Stefani is a wonderful voice teacher. She always adapts quickly to teach in a style that works for me. She knows when t
o push me as a singer and when to keep the lesson relaxed and carefree. I would highly recommend her to anyone from beginner to advanced!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Nate
"Josh is a great instructor, he knows his stuff and is great with explaining concepts in layman's terms for someone like me who is just getting started wit
Along with being a great instructor, he is good company in general, which makes the lessons a lot more fun though they do tend to go by too quickly.
All in all, unless you're boring and without a sense of humor, I'd highly recommend choosing Josh as your instructor. You'll definitely get your money's worth."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Barbara
"I've been taking lessons through Skype for about 3 months. Lucas is very talented and patient. We have fun doing all the different techniques. I look
forward to taking more lessons and learning more."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Cheryl
"Rich is an excellent music teacher! He is patient and understanding of the needs of the student. He has developed a good rapport with our grandson who is
learning to play the piano. We like the fact that he teaches him to read the music as well as learning the keys on the piano. We would totally recommend him for anyone who is wanting to take up music. Rich is truly amazing!!!!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by F
"Phil is an excellent guitarist and a great teacher. He tailors his teaching to the specific needs and abilities of the student and makes learning fun. Wor
Stacey is a professional soprano known as an active performer in the Cincinnati area. Stacey has sung for 9 seasons with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core chorus and sings with Cincinnati's professional chamber choir the Vocal Arts Ensemble. She also sings with the North American New Opera Workshop.
Stacey has studied piano from the age of 5 and is great for beginning or intermediate piano students.
Stacey has taught students of all ages and with various musical styles. Her students have included professional ballet dancers with Broadway aspirations, an 8-year-old girl
simply wanting to break out of her shyness, and high school students preparing for College auditions. Her students have performed in nationally known rock bands, been accepted into College music programs, they have been members of the May festival Youth Chorus, the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and have traveled to Europe with competitive touring choirs.
Stacey's operatic performing credits include Autumn in Charles Halka's Layover with NANOworks Opera, the Mother in Amahl and Night Visitors with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the College-Conservatory of Music , Mimi from Puccini's La Boheme in the CCM's Opera scenes program, Donna Donna in P.D.Q Bach's The Abduction of Figaro , 1st Lady in Mozart's Die ZauberflÃ¶te and Juno in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld all at the DePauw University Opera Theatre. Other partial roles/scenes performed include Suzel in Mascangi's Lamico Fritz, Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
More than just singing opera Stacey is known for her versatility as a classical singer regularly doing cross over work. She regularly gigs as a jazz/popular singer accompanying herself on the piano. Her musical theater performing credits include Mama in Everybody's Buddy: The Buddy LaRosa Story, Shelia in Hair with DePauw University, Ensemble/Soprano Soloist in Sweeny Todd, Sonia in Godspell with the Lakeside Players and Yonah in Children of Eden with the Lakeside Players.
Stacey received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Paver. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She studied with Caroline Smith and Stanley Irwin.
Stacey is originally from Florence, Kentucky and takes pride in impacting her home community through music.
*** Lesson Details *** Stacey is known for adapting lessons for the individual. Each body is unique and thus each vocal instrument is unique. Stacey takes time to get to know each student and caters to their specific needs and goals. She believes in well rounded performers working often on dramatic intentions, overall professionalism, and stage presence. She also prepares her students with their audition packages and stresses the importance of regular performance. Stacey is a very open and caring individual but expects hard work from her students.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha upright piano, Yamaha portable keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a portable keyboard. I expect a semi private space to teach.
Robin Hamilton June 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Stacey is open and quickly puts you at ease
Katie T. May 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Stacey is AWESOME! She is both very knowledgeable and fun at the same time. She is very good at breaking complicated concepts down into simple steps that are easy to learn.
Diane W. May 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter Caroline has been taking voice lessons with Stacey since March, 2014, and right away she developed a strong rapport with her. Stacey is a wonderful teacher. Not only is she a very talented singer herself, she also has a very outgoing personality and truly cares about helping her students achieve their dreams. Just a few months after she started lessons, my daughter achieved her goal of being accepted into her high school's vocal ensemble. Since then Stacey has encouraged her to participate in other competitions and recitals. Stacey has not only developed Caroline's talent, she has helped develop her confidence.
I believe that everyone can enjoy singing. Not everyone gets the opportunity to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, or other world famous music halls. Nonetheless, I believe that with proper training, patience, and practice everyone can enjoy the art of singing within their own level of giftedness. If you have never tried to sing for fear of embarrassment, or If you love to sing and want to learn more or if you just want to brush up and fine tune, my studio is the place for you. Nonetheless, I believe that with proper training, patience, and practice everyone can enjoy the art of singin
g within their own level of giftedness.
I take time to listen to a student's instrument and lesson by lesson determine what is the best course of positive action that I and the student need to take in order to achieve the best results not just for today but for the long term. I want my students to enjoy singing, sing excellently, but also have longevity with their voices.
Voice study requires discipline, patience, and the desire to be better everyday! There is a good deal of effort that the student must put forth on their own in that they must practice what they have been taught and come prepared to lessons. My responsibility it to take the students voice and help them get it in shape. I love helping students make new vocal discoveries. *** Lesson Details *** I aspire as a teacher to help my students to reach their maximum potential in education and life. Further, I strive to see them share their hard earned talents and gifts with their communities and abroad. I recognize and appreciate the fact that every student is unique and each person has their own abilities, interests and aspirations. With this understanding I endeavor to provide students with a classroom environment that allows for a variety of learning styles to better meet the needs of my students.
*** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard, guitar, music stand, and additional seating
Sherri F. February 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Chris is an awesome instructor! I would recommend Chris to anyone who wants to fine-tune their singing skills.
ChristineL February 26, 2012
Awesome, motivational teacher !
JesseP November 27, 2011
I am very happy I started lessons with Dr McBride. He passes on his knowledge and experience in a straightforward gentle, and professional manner. In a short time I have noted positive progress and improvement from his pearls of wisdom and assigned vocal exercises. Recommended without any reservation!
P.J. C., double bassist, received his Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Homer Mensch, Timothy Cobb and Albert Laszlo. As an orchestral bassist, P.J. has performed in concert halls all over the world including China, Denmark, Japan and major U.S. venues. He is a member of the Dayton Philharmonic and a frequent sub with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A committed chamber musician, P.J. participated in Denmark's Thy Chamber Music Festival as well as the Kennedy Center's fifth anniversary of The Conservatory Project, where he collaborated with the cla
ssical fusion trio, Time for Three. As an educator, P.J. is the adjunct double bass professor at Capital University in Columbus, OH. Outside of the classical realm, P.J. passionately explores other genres of music through various bands and small ensembles as well as his bass duet, Low Bros.
Lessons are structured around strengthening aural skills and establishing technical proficiency on the instrument. Using a classical background, lessons can focus on any genre of music or style and be adapted to the needs of students of all ages and ability levels.
Tricia I. November 25, 2014
Upright Bass ·
Online Verified Student
PJ is a great instructor. He is teaching solid basic skills in addition to keeping the content interesting. He provides excellent feedback in a manner which makes our teen want to correct/improve rather than get frustrated or defensive. PJ also went out of his way to meet our regular schedule request and works effectively via Skype. He has been very accommodating and even pushed a lesson out 2 hours when our son got stranded at school one day. We are looking forward to many Great lessons with PJ and I think that our teen's exposure to him will further ignite his passion in music - really, what more could you ask for than that.
My name is Rachel and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2005 and have loved helping my students prepare for solo & ensemble competitions, expand their voice range, and prepare for auditions. My students have gone from being never-sang-before-in-my-life to hitting the highest marks in competitions and landing the perfect roles in auditions, and I couldn't be prouder of each of them! I went to Olivet Nazarene University and earned a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Worship Music in 2005. I'm a fast-paced and focused person and my teaching style is detailed, w
ell-rounded, and passionate. My music motto is to meld passion and excellence together. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Laura S. March 31, 2015
Vocal Training ·
I had done a few shows and sang in choirs before I started lessons with Rachel, but had no one-on-one formal vocal training. I thought singing was just...singing. I had no idea all the technique and science that went into being the best vocalist possible. She expanded my range, helped me learn harmony, and how to sing from my diaphragm and use my whole body to sing . She's patient, funny, and will teach you more than you could even realize !!
Nick J. March 28, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Rachel has expanded my vocal range, my ear training and helped with my music theory. In many ways she opened doors I never knew existed. Rachel has been a great vocal coach to me and I know she can help you!
It is my experience that if you can speak, you can sing. In these lessons I combine my knowledge of vocal pedagogy as well as extensive personal study of the voice with my background in yoga in order to provide you with a well rounded education of the voice as a full body instrument. Your lesson will be tailored to you and your goals. Whether you are interested in classical music, pop or anything in between, this technique applies to you. It is my true joy to guide students in the discovery of their voice. I look forward to helping you do just that.
All the Best,
Doug June 29, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Jenna is super fun and down to Earth. She is a good voice teacher and a very compassionate person with a lot of enthusiasm for life and music. She is probably as professional and vocally educated as a teacher can get.
Sridha C. June 21, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Jenna is a great teacher, and training with her has helped me learn more about my voice than I expected. She is an amazing teacher, and she focuses on you goals. She has taught me for a year now, and I feel like with her help and teaching, I have discovered my voice and have found out a lot about it.
Sky A. June 12, 2015
Jenna is a great teacher who encourages her students to grow, and she shows them the necessary patience to do so. She really made me as a student feel welcome!
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