Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Gene
"Raymond is a great teacher! Really knows how to hone in on the specific techniques that you need to improve your playing skills and become a better player
. I have played before but I am learning a different style with finger picking and Raymond is very patient with me and really listens to what I want to learn. On top of that he also has a great personality which makes coming to the lessons easy."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Raymond (Remi) L.
Review by Rachel
"Cheryl is great with kids and she gets along well with my daughter! It makes things so much easier for me! Cheryl is an awesome teacher and I would highly
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Evelyn
"Victoria is an excellent teacher. The way she imparts knowledge makes sure you can't forget it. As an adult student, I do not have any trouble remembering
the information she's teaching me. Victoria is also very patient, and respectful, which makes communicating with her even easier. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Natalie
""Eric makes it fun for my son"
I am very happy that I chose Eric I finally found someone who reaches my son on a musical level. He is a great teacher and
my son looks forward to his lesson. Thanks Eric"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Herlivi
"Excellent instructor! Very professional."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Lebo
"A very knowledgable, honest and patient teacher.
As a musician Amanda, strives for excellence and that transfers into her teaching. She is incredibly gif
ted in identifying and encouraging ones strength whilst building on ones weakness."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by George
"I am a Retired Federal Special Agent and I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I've always wanted to learn how to play the Highland Bagpipes. I met William a
few years ago and he has made my dream come true. William is a caring and patient instructor. He will teach you all details and techniques of playing the instrument and how to play the tunes correctly. William will take a complicated piece of music and will show you an easy path to successful completion of of playing the tune. I have seen William teach all ages and genders and special needs students and all have been successful musicians. William has transformed this hard headed student from a person that could not read music to a performing as a band member with the Tucson Highlanders Pipe band. I STRONGLY recommend William as a Bagpipe Instructor."
Tucson, AZ teacher:
Review by Robert
"I only had one lesson with Cara but she was very experienced and did her best to bring out the singer in me. She found songs that would suit me and she pu
t a lot of effort into making that first lesson as valuable to me as it could be. I really felt like she cared deeply about my progress which meant a lot to me."
Norfolk, VA teacher:
Review by Andrew
"Terrific teacher! I took piano lessons from Adam for about 6 months when I was learning piano and had a great time. He's a really talented musician but mo
re importantly can really break things down to basic concepts and teach difficult concepts in simple terms. Definitely recommend him to anyone learning an instrument for the first time."
To some, music is just a hobby. However, there are a chosen few that regard music as passion that they could not live without. If you feel you have a calling to pursue bigger dreams for music, then you will want to make sure you thoroughly familiarize yourself more with its many forms and intricacies. When this time comes you can be sure to count on our Colorado Springs music lessons to help you pursue your dreams.
Our lessons are sure to enrich your knowledge and confidence with music. In addition, music lessons will help you develop your abilities in the field of specialization you choose, whether it be singing, playing the guitar, songwriting, dancing or any other form of music. Our lessons also encompass all skill sets. So if you’re a beginner or an advanced musician there is no need to worry. Our expert teachers can modify their lesson plans to meet the specific needs of every student and teach you everything you need to know. Also, your certified instructor will guide and monitor your progress, helping your more easily assess your progress how far you’ve come. Our Colorado Springs music lessons will also introduce you to our unique learning method we’ve devised called the S.T.A.R Program™. It’s a systematic way of learning in which our teachers help students attain their goals by S-etting them, then T-racking their progress, A-chieving a little more ach week and finally, R-ewarding accomplishments.
When it comes to studying music there is no better option than to step up and be a “STAR” student. Often times people will say learning to sing or play an instrument is a difficult task, however if you’re truly dedicated nothing can stop you. So believe that you can perfect the craft of music and enroll in our Colorado Springs music lessons today!
With music programs being eliminated from many school's education, I feel it is even more important than ever for children, off all ages, to participate in some form of musical experience. Being a piano teacher for over twenty five years, I have seen many benefits for those taking music lessons. Some of these benefits are building self esteem and confidence, learning to focus, developing mental discipline, overcoming the fear of getting up in front of crowds, not to mention being able to play songs that we enjoy.
My philosophy of music is that you don't have to be an expert to be abl
e to enjoy playing an instrument. It is not that difficult to learn to play piano or guitar; it just takes a little time and effort. I believe that practicing doesn't have to be hours a day either, unless you want to be a concert pianist or guitarist, but you can accomplish a lot with 15 to 30 minutes of practice each day. There is time to fit music in with many other activities that we like to do. So keep that in mind as you are deciding how you can fit music lessons into your daily schedule.
I studied guitar for five years, then began to take piano lessons which continued through many years of my life. I studied under many classical teachers, and teaching methods such as Royal Conservatory of Music and Western Board. These lessons also included Music Theory. As I developed as a musician, I began to play piano and guitar in churches for worship services. I also accompanied soloists, both vocal and instrumental, and played for many special events such as weddings, funerals, graduations, etc. Eventually, I stepped into music ministry, which included planning music for church services, working with children's music programs, leading, rehearsing, and directing choirs etc. I have taught choir and music theory in schools over the years, as well.
At some point in my life, I decided it was important for me to go for a music degree. This degree gave me four years of classical vocal training, more classical piano instruction, and ensemble work. It also gave me more experience with directing choirs and orchestras.
My formal education is: Bachelor of Arts in Music Ministry with Applied Music.
Church Piano Certification
College Level Music Theory and Classical Voice
*** Lesson Details *** When taking lessons from me, students can expect to work hard, but have lots of fun. Their music training will be very detailed and will include all aspects of learning music. In addition to learning how to read music and play piano or guitar well, students will learn theory and technic. Theory teaches students the understanding of how music is written; this will assist them in the future is their interests turn to writing and arranging music. Technique is the exercises for their fingers which teaches them control and agility. I accept students of all ages and abilities up to advanced intermediate levels in piano, guitar, and music theory. I accept beginning vocal students.
Piano lessons consist of learning to play and read music. Students can expect to be classically trained, but will also get to choose and play songs or musical styles that they enjoy. Theory and technique will be included in their study program.
Guitar lessons consist of learning how to play both notes and chords, and how to read both notes and chords, as well as lead sheets specifically written for guitar. Students will also learn the written theory for guitar. I like to include extra books of songs or music styles that the students like. This encourages them to learn and practice because they are playing something that they know and like to play.
Beginning classical vocal students will learn basic breathing technics, vocal exercises and will sings a variety of songs. I don't start out with classical vocal unless that is what the student wants. I let them choose music that they like to sing, as we can learn and practice vocal concepts with all types of music. I encourage vocal students to take at least basic piano lessons, so they can learn to read and understand musical concepts.
Music theory goes along with any instrument and vocal instruction. Piano theory is the basis for all music theory. I have the ability to teach through college level theory for those that are interested in writing or arranging music or wanting to have this level of theory to go along with their musical instrument.
Practice times start at 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week for beginners. As students progress, their practice time increases. Advanced beginners will practice 30 minutes a day, early intermediate level will practice 45 minutes a day, and intermediate level will practice at least 1 hour a day.
I encourage students to take one lesson a week for 1/2 hour. As they advance, then this may increase to a 45 minute lesson, once a week, then perhaps 1 hour once a week as needed.
After 3 months, beginning students will be able to play simple folk songs with right hand melody and left hand accompaniment. At 6 months, students will have learned 3 different positions or keys on the piano, will be playing songs that are a little more complex, and can now add supplemental fun books to their lessons. I encourage my students to participate in two recitals a year. I try to make this a fun, not a stressful, time for them. I also encourage family and friends to attend and cheer on the students. If students wish to compete in music competitions or adjudications, I can assist them in doing so, as well.
There are studio locations in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917 and Falcon, Colorado 80831
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano at both locations
*** Travel Equipment *** Don't have the ability to travel to lessons at the moment.
*** Specialties *** Classical piano is my strengths; however, I can teach any style from christian to contemporary to jazz. Vocal styles are basic classical, modern, and christian. Guitar styles include basic instruction on learning to play guitar, chording, fingerpicking, using different positions on the finger board. I can teach beginning to college level music theory.
BrookV May 31, 2012
Wendy is very knowledgeable and extremely patient. Wendy has a fabulous sense of being happy, helpful and cheery even if things aren't going as well as expected. A very experienced instructor and I am happy to have my daughter learning from her.
CherylG2 May 16, 2012
We Love Her!
My daughter absolutely loves Wendy! She looks forward to her piano lessons every week and she has learned so much just within a year. Wendy makes it fun to learn and is very patient with her students. We are moving this summer and my daughter is really going to miss her. Thank you, Wendy, for all your time, dedication, and patience.
KatrinaM April 18, 2012
Jordan is really enjoying her lessons and learning a lot! Thank you Wendy!
I am a doctoral candidate in Music at Rutgers University specializing in brass pedagogy with ten years of professional teaching and performing experience. Whether you are just starting out on a horn or have a few years under your belt, I can help you realize your musical potential and show you how rewarding playing a musical instrument can be!
*** Lesson Details *** The focus of each lesson depends heavily on the level of each student... beginning students can expect a larger portion of the instruction to focus on fundamentals and music reading so as to lay a foundation for further success
. For these students I will generally work out of an existing band method as these are more than adequate, and perhaps add a few supplemental materials which in include simple exercises specific to the instrument, scale patterns, and rhythm/music reading examples.
More advanced students can expect to review proper technique and work on appropriate etudes and solo repertoire. I spend a lot of time working on practice technique. Confidence building if necessary. If the student plays in a jazz band we can work on bebop/swing/improvisation as well.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a stand, tuner, metronome, and video and audio recording devices should we decide to use them.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide teaching materials and can bring a music stand. Student needs working instrument, and should own a tuner, metronome, and music stand. For a tuner/metronome I recommend a Korg TM-50. Nearly anything will do for a stand but I'd avoid a flimsy fold-up stand. I recommend an On-Stage SM7211. Can't go wrong with a Manhasset black stand either.
*** Specialties *** Classical solo repertoire and audition preparation. Blues and bebop improvisation. Musicality and lyricism. Technique.
Catherine M. March 25, 2014
As a colleague of Chris' I can heartily recommend his teaching to any trombonists wishing to hone their skills as musicians. Chris focuses on the individual needs of each student, working to tailor his lessons to meet their specific needs and face their unique challenges. His attention to detail and patience helps each student build a strong foundation in musicality and fantastic brass playing. I recommend him highly as both a superb educator and performer!
Steve O. March 2, 2014
Trumpet Verified Student
Trumpet Lessons for my son
My son is 12 years old, has been playing Trumpet and Flugelhorn for about 5 years, and he needed a private instruction to take his music to the next level. He has made great progress under Chris' guidance, and his easy going manner has made our son feel very comfortable with the lesson environment. He is very talented, and would highly recommend Chris for anyone looking to further their capabilities.
Anita S. February 15, 2014
Trumpet Verified Student
Our son is taking lessons with Chris. He really enjoys and loves the music. He wasn't very interested in music at first but now he practices all the time!
I am here to help you achieve your singing goals, big or small. I am a professional soprano with a master's in vocal performance, and I love teaching classical music, musical theatre, jazz, folk, and gospel music.
I can guide you in discovering how to healthily use your own unique voice to its fullest, so that technique doesn't get in the way of expressing yourself! I hope that you leave my studio with the tools to make great music, both knowing how to manage your own voice and knowing how to tackle new music and make it your own.
I have a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and am a me
mber of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). I was in the prestigious NATS Intern program in 2012.
Kristy L. June 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Megan was great! Easy to work with; and am confident that she will be able to help me improve to the best that I can be!
Jon has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching it almost as long. He has studied a wide variety of genres, including contemporary and modern classical guitar, jazz, rock, instrumental metal, which each have a distinct influence on his own personal style. Sure fingers and an extensive knowledge of the fretboard allow him to improvise with ease. All of this he brings into his teaching practice to give the student the tools necessary for him or her to become the best guitarist they can be.
Jonathan October 4, 2015
Jon G. is excellent! He has the intuitive abilities of teaching, while also the intricate details of an articulate musician. His combination of answering questions with his quirky smiles and laughter makes the experience of being taught so much more enjoyable. Out of all of the guitar teachers I have had, he was by far the best and most unique in his approach.
Hi, my name is Ross. I am a guitar teacher, composer, author and performer. My comfortable music studio is located in downtown Colorado Springs. I teach over Skype as well. I attended CU Boulder as a Classical Guitar performance major, studying under the virtuoso Jonathan Leathewood. My Amazon Best Selling book "Music Theory in One Lesson" was released in 2015, and has been getting quite a lot of attention.
“Absolutely brilliant guitar teacher–I’d recommend Ross to anyone! I took my two kids (9 and 11) for beginning guitar lessons from Ross. Starting on day one, I saw that Ross approa
ched kids lessons differently than any other teacher, focusing on a solid musical foundation and lasting enjoyment. He never pressured my kids, established a sensible practice schedule, and made each lesson fun. They’re learning basic music theory that will apply to any instrument, and will last a lifetime.
After watching Ross teach my kids for several months, I was so impressed with his method that I decided to take a few lessons myself–primarily to better master the fretboard, as well as learn enough theory to play lead guitar. Although I’ve taken lessons over the years, Ross has transformed by playing in a simple, logical, and easy-to-follow manner. I’ve really mastered the fretboard, while learning fingering techniques to improve speed and accuracy. Ross’s approach to guitar (theory, technique, practice routine, etc) is fundamentally superior to other instructors, and I eagerly await his first guitar instruction book.
Bottom line: Whether children or adult, popular or classical guitar, heavy theory or simply learning a few guitar licks, Ross Trottier is an exceptional instructor. We’re lucky to have him in Colorado Springs!”
Kerri September 21, 2015
I am a beginner at the age of 55 and so thankful that I contacted Ross to get started with my guitar journey. I feel that he has been an outstanding instructor in the short time that I have been playing and with his teaching technique he gets you wanting to come back for more instruction from your basic note finding and proper finger exercises to the theory of music it has all been a great experience for me. I really look forward to each weekly lesson and taking Ross's instruction home for my daily practice time.
Craig September 1, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Ross is extremely patient and understanding of my son's abilities and motivation for practicing the guitar. He is encouraging and knows my son's pace and teaches to it.
Audrey August 31, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Ross is simply brilliant! From the first lesson I had with him he was already teaching me new tips and tricks for playing better. I had played for three years before coming to him but he has really given me a better foundation to learn from and I can't thank him enough.His knowledge and passion for music and music theory is inspiring and he's always so helpful and encouraging. I'd recommend him to anyone that asks. Hopefully someday I can be as good as he says I can be.
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