Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Robert
"My son, Eric, took lessons from Andy for a decade. Andy is a patient, skilled and creative teacher. He guided my son from amateur to near professional sta
tus. Under his guidance, Eric's passion for the guitar steadily grew. I also believe Andy's combination of discipline and attention to detail helped my son develop an extraordinary work ethic. Eric begins medical school next week and feels a genuine debt to the years he spent working with Andy. Bob Mong, Dallas, Tx."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Mermer
"My daughter took lessons with Viva in Chicago and she was absolutely the best piano / music teacher. My daughter began piano with another teacher and did
not enjoy playing piano so we decided to look around for another teacher in hopes of finding someone who can inspire her. A good friend recommended Viva so we decided to try some lessons. My daughter came out of her first lesson excited and confident. Ever since, she was excited to go to lessons every week and practiced daily without me asking her to. Her growth was fast and weekly visible. Most importantly, her love for music transformed. My daughter also participated in multiple talent shows and piano recitals, some arranged by Viva, others she volunteered to play in. It's so unfortunate and sad that Viva had to transfer cities. It was a hard shift for my daughter to start again with another teacher, as she still misses Viva. My family gives Viva the highest recommendations."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Jonathon
"Before taking lessons with Kelly I had been trying to learn to sing on my own for 3 years. In one month I had made an exponential leap in ability to sing
on all levels. Breathing, tone, pitch, projection and then some. Not only vocally but Kelly has been amazingly positive and supporting in my life overall. She makes it very easy to learn with her and breaks down techniques with examples. Wouldn't want to learn with anyone else."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Kelly
"Jessica has been amazing with my daughter who is making remarkable progress with her and enjoying her instrument at the same time. Thank you Jessica, we
are so happy we found you as you have exceeded our expectations."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Makenzie
"She is wonderful with my little girl. My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week. Thanks Melody!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Patrick
"Though I was only able to take lessons with Jason for a couple months due to an unexpected move, I was able to learn a lot from him. I came in with very
little guitar experience and no background in music. His lessons are very accommodating and I felt I walked away a little bit better every time. Jason is a great guy and it is easy to share your goals and ideas for the future with him. When working with Jason it felt like a team effort in order to help me reach my goals. In the short time I took lessons with Jason I learned a lot about the guitar and I am excited to build upon the music career he helped me to start. A definite Recommendation."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Denise Burcham, Academy
"Ginger has taught classes through the Smoke Rise Academy of Arts for 4 years. As the Academy Director, I have watched Ginger teach and interact with chil
dren of all ages. She is very competent and nurturing in her teaching children. I would not hesitate to enroll my children in her studio!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Lily
"My daughter met with Michelle for her first lesson and said she felt very comfortable with her and that the lesson went very well. She said she already fe
els challenged and is looking forward to improving her skills."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Joi
"James was great. Very patient, always asking if I have any questions ... gave me hard copies to refer to.. can't wait to meet again!"
Hello hello! Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.
I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?
Music has b
lessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.
I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.
You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.
*** Lesson Details *** In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.
We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.
What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.
*** Travel Equipment *** No travel.
*** Specialties *** Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
Renee A. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
Laura N. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marsha is flexible, easy to work with and I really liked the way she taught theory. She's a great teacher!
Donna Chu C. November 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ms. Marsha is such a great teacher. My son who is 11 years old is learning a lot in such a short period of time. She makes it easy for him to understand how to read notes and how to play them in such a fun way. We were just going to try 8 sessions, but after just 2 sessions, we would like to continue for more. We just love her! I'm glad she had an opening when we were looking for a teacher.
With a Bachelor's Degree in music from California State University Sacramento I studied with the best, including graduates from Juilliard and Eastman. I focus on what my students want to play and provide a harmonic grounding to enable the student to improvise or just "jam" with anybody. I also provide a positive reinforcement atmosphere and will accept ground floor beginners to advanced intermediate students.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe it's important to create a relaxed, stress free lesson atmosphere to encourage creativity and self confidence. While mistakes are expected I believe b
uilding a students self confidence will make those mistakes disappear. We'll start with fundamentals which will build your understanding of what you're playing and be able to apply it to whatever music you wish to play.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student must have own piano.
*** Specialties *** I read music and can sight read any style. I specialize in classical, but also play jazz, ragtime and new age music.
Violet Z. February 12, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Ronald is a very good teacher.My son didn't know anything and in few months he was improving and it's.Been a year and my son is like a mini Mozart.He is an amazing and you should try him.
Carolyn S. May 3, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Ron is a very patient and knowledgable piano instructor. He is reliable and flexible. He can teach piano skills and theory from basic to advanced. Ron is a wonderful teacher!
AmieJ December 28, 2011
Ronald is a really awsome piano instructor. He is friendly , knowledgeable and patience. I would recommend Ronald, piano teacher, to my friends and family!!
Hi, my name is David and I am a DJ, guitarist, vocalist, remixer, and producer.
I attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and received BMs in Songwriting and Music Synthesis. I've appeared on the commercially released CD titled Cyberfest 2000: Sounds of the Digital Revolution, Volume 1 along with DJ Dan, Moby, Mix Master Mike, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyke, Carl Cox, and Christopher Lawrence. In 2002, I appeared again on the Epic Records release Shekinah: 13 Artists. I received a Master of Music degree in Music Technology from Duquesne University of the Holy Spir
it in 2010 and am now working towards a Doctorate of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing.
*** Lesson Details *** My goal at Takelessons is to please my clients through music education. I feel very fortunate to be a professional musician and love to help those who wish to learn the art of music. I teach every style of American music and there is nothing I enjoy more than helping students progress on their instrument. Whether you want to learn music just for fun or for professional use, I am here for you. I teach beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitars Microphones Recording Equipment DJ Controllers Piano Keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide keyboard and recording equipment. I expect my students to be able to provide their own guitar for lessons
*** Specialties *** I teach a variety of music styles including rock, jazz, blues, and classical music. I employ methods taught to me at Berklee College of music and Duquesne University.
Tori B. April 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
lesson went well. Teacher was encouraging and welcoming.
Lauren A. March 8, 2013
A wonderful experience
I took vocal lessons from David. I had taken some singing lessons when I was younger, but needed to brush up. I sing in a band, and David helped my song performance. I will be taking more lessons in the future.
Kaye C. March 6, 2013
Both my daughters are learning guitar from David and they love it. I am impressed with their improvement and David even got them to "jam" together. When I ask them what they want to be when they grow up, they say they are going to be rockstars. I would gladly refer David to anyone searching for an enthusiastic and wonderful instructor.
Technique, theory, ear-training, and improvisation for keyboard, voice, guitar, and drums/percussion. My experience with live performance and studio recording with major label artists is now available to students of all ages. I am a multi-instrumentalist, a live performance keyboard player, lead vocalist, guitarist and a recording studio producer and arranger. I am thoroughly versed in the use of electronic drums, MIDI keyboards, Apple computers and the hardware and software used to arrange, produce and record music. Please contact me with any questions about your quest to be the best musi
cian you can.
Dave Schwartz May 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Craig is very knowledgeable and a very patient teacher. I'm returning to studying music after a approx. 20 year break. He is very flexible with my interests and what I want to accomplish.
Michelle G. February 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Craig is great to work with. He is obviously very knowledgeable. He's encouraging and patient with me and I learn more and more at each lesson.
Music Is my passion. I have been playing guitar for 12 years, upright bass for 8 years and bass guitar for 6 years. With 3 years of college level music experience as a music education major, there is a lot I can teach you. I have been teaching music lessons for 8 years and I would love to share my musical knowledge with you.
*** Travel Equipment *** Electric and acoustic guitars, 12-string guitar, guitar and bass amp, bass guitar, upright bass
Tom August 15, 2015
Very good at helping improve musically and a great personality!
James H. June 24, 2015
Hi, this is Allie's dad. I'm responding to the previous review. This person was 21 miles away and at least a 40 minute drive in traffic. Allie's profile stated within 10 miles. It was clearly a miscommunication, and Allie apologized and even offered a free lesson at our house as compensation. Driving an hour and 20 minutes is not feasible. This person never took a lesson from Allie.
Dalena R. December 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
I paid 150 for lessons 2 weeks ago for Allie. A week later she cancelled her first lesson with my 12 year old daughter due to not feeling well, which is fine. Another week later, the day of the next scheduled lesson she asked for my address at 1 and at 3 tells me I live 12 miles away and she will only travel 10 miles away because that is an hour out of her time that she can be teaching and that either she has to charge me more or I will have to drive to her. No where on the website does it say that she only travels 10 miles and the website let me chose in home lessons. My problem is this... A professional would have asked for the address and checked the location before cancelling and making a 12 year old little girl who has her hear set on guitar lessons wait 2 weeks to only be told she won't travel this far in the first place. Very disappointing.
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