Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Leslie
"So, Buzz is pretty much the best! I’m an adult with a full-time career and no musical background, and I've been looking around off and on for years to fin
d a teacher who wasn't stuffy and was open to a non-traditional student with a semi-crazy work-life schedule. Buzz is patient, flexible, and really breaks down the lessons in ways that make sense to my logical thinking. I always walk away feeling that I learned something new and excited to learn more, which I feel is the biggest testament to his teaching skills. His expertise in music theory has really inspired me to do more than simply learn how to read music, too, and I have no doubt that I’ll be taking lessons with him for a long time to come. Plus he’s hilarious, so that helps."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Maddie
"My 11 yr old son has been playing violin for a while with the same teacher, and we decided to change teachers to learn other techniques and to pique his i
nterest. We have been with Tigran for almost two months now and there has been a significant improvement with my son's playing. He seem to acquire back his enthusiasm and passion for playing. He plays with our community Youth Orchestra on the 1st violin and sits on the 4th chair before starting with Tigran, now he was advanced to the 2nd chair. We are grateful to Tigran for his patience and time. He is very accommodating with his schedule and goes out of his way in teaching my son, on top of it all he is very professional. We would highly recommend him as a great violin teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Aidan
"Very informative. Great approach. Phenominal focus on what I wanted out of the lessons. 10/10"
Knoxville, TN teacher:
Review by JENNA
"Weslie is great!
Weslie has helped me tremendously with music theory. She is really good at listening and figuring out specific areas that I needed help
with. She even took time on the side outside of our lessons to listen to music examples I sent her and analyzed them for me. Weslie is patient and makes learning fun. Her teaching environment is comfortable and she's flexible with her schedule. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a teacher!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Leanne
"Jesse is an awesome teacher!
I just started piano late last year with Jesse and he has been super encouraging, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We switch
it up each week so that every lesson is different and tailored to what I'm interested in learning. He is so passionate about music and it really shows in his teaching and it's infectious! He even arranges music nights at his place so we all have a chance to practice performing live. It's been so much fun, I highly recommend Jesse!!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Christopher
"I couldn't recommend Devon enough! First and most importantly, he's a genius. The guy has over a decade of experience with his instrument, certifications
from AIM, master classes with guitarists I personally have worshipped for years... And to top it all off he's the nicest guy! Patiently presented the information in a way that was easy for me to understand even as a beginner and even gave me documents to practice with free of charge.
I walked out of my first lesson with enough practice material to learn on my own for months, but it didn't stop me from coming back because I enjoyed myself! This is a teacher who makes learning both personal and fun and I'll swear by him until I'm famous and on tour."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Mark
"Ryan has definitely opened up my perspective with regard to learning my instrument and "hearing" tonal options for music I like to play. I'm a working Da
d with very limited time for lessons and practice, so an online learning platform has worked best for me. Ryan has been very accommodating and flexible. More than that, he's been extremely patient with my learning style. In addition to opening up my instrument for me, he's fostered a passion for learning guitar and a taste for new music that I may not have listened to/learned otherwise. I love music and because of Ryan, I've found a very heartfelt, almost tangible, passion for playing it. Ryan...thank you!!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Hyunsook
"I highly recommend Miss. Olga!
My 10 year old daughter has been playing piano on and off for two and half years, and we started to have lessons with M
iss. Olga a month ago. Miss. Olga, who is classically trained, not only keeps a nice balance between theory and performance, but also accommodates my daughter's interests in contemporary music. My daughter just finished learning "Let it go" from Frozen, and has moved on to "Rock around the clock."
Every teacher has a point of view, personal preferences, and methodological bias that may fit one child but may not fit another child as well. Some of the teachers we have previously experienced, demonstrated how a piece of music would sound, then taught how to play it; one teacher taught with finger numbers only, another taught using musical notes. My last teacher taught with finger numbers and notes but unfortunately never ever played any songs for or with my daughter. I have books written with only finger numbers, as a result, my daughter still has hard time reading music. I have other books with names of music notes, but with insufficient fingering instruction which resulted in my daughter developing poor fingering technique. I used to have to go over the songs with my kids after each lesson.
Miss. Olga, on the other hand, demonstrates how the song should sound, then goes over the music line by line helping my daughter to figure out what the notes are, how to finger the notes and then plays the melody along with my daughter 8 octaves higher.
It seems that to Miss. Olga, learning how to play piano is a serious business, a business that the teacher and the student have to run together in order to be successful. Collaborative decision making with a child requires a willingness to listen, negotiate and compromise. As Jessica Turner (music educator) argues music instructors know about teaching music, but when it comes to your child and how s/he learns, we parents are the expert. As an educator myself, I appreciate that Miss. Olga lets me work together with her to ensure the fit and quality of my daughter's musical instruction. I feel fortunate that we have found such a great instructor for my daughter!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Sarah
"Tita Sally has been my piano teacher for over half my life( I am 13 years old ). I am very grateful with the way I progressed as a pianist under her wonde
rful teaching. She is very patient, understanding and most of all kind. As a student you will never feel hurried to learn or feel like learning piano is a burden. She radiates an abundance of passion in everything she does and it reflects onto her students. I'm thankful for all the time I spent and continue to spend with Ms Sally and Sumner's music. I recommend her to those who want to pursue music under the care of this amazing teache"
*** Lesson Details *** My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!
I like to get right to the experience of actually playing music. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.
My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.
I want student
s to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play bass lines on the piano and we lock into a groove. For piano students, I play along with drums or percussion. It's important for students to learn how to play with others, and to listen and get inspired by what's around them.
Students will have the option to perform in a student recital where you are backed by a band of professional musicians!
***John D.'s Biography***
I was born in Amsterdam, Holland, where my father worked as an opera singer. While listening to vocal warm-up arpeggios, my mother bounced me on her knee and taught me rhythms and rhymes.
In my family we beatbox, play piano, and sing together. The family moved to the States in 1995 where my parents worked as music teachers. My Dad is a voice professor at the University of Wisconsin, and my Mom runs an amazing music program at Country View Elementary School in Verona, WI.
I played in the band program throughout high-school and had an amazing and demanding music teacher and highly talented friends. The drumset became my passion and I played, blissfully and recklessly, as often possible. Our teacher took the high school band on a concert tour of Europe in 2002 in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
The band program led me to classical and contemporary music at the University of Wisconsin, where I honed my craft and discovered the profound breadth of music around the world. I paid my way through college as a member of the WI Army National Guard Band, a great wind ensemble with jazz and rock band components, and slowly built a career as a musician. I took every gig that came my way and created my own if nobody was calling. Pretty soon I became "the guy in, like, 8 different bands", including Funk, Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African bands. I've been working as a musician ever since, performing several nights per week, and teaching during the day.
I began teaching drum lessons to my friends when I was about 18 and realized I was really good at it. I began taking on private students and teaching group lessons and classes. Students of mine have achieved the highest ranks at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Wisconsin, and auditioned into the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. I am on the annual faculty Wildcat Percussion Camp, was adjunct faculty at New York University, and directed the world percussion ensemble at the University of Wisconsin. I've worked as a teacher with the Madison Area School District, Wisconsin Youth Company, YMCA, Global Arts to Go, University Settlement, and in many different public schools in the New York metro area. I taught a high school class called "The Spirit of Jazz", and
I've learned how to be a real teacher, to put myself in your shoes to help you achieve your potential as a drummer, and as a musician. My teaching style is to de-mystify the art of percussion: getting great sounds out of the drums, being prepared for any style, practicing productively, and focusing your mind.
I have a Bachelor's degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from NYU, and have traveled to Africa, Europe, and Latin America to perform, record, and study. I have performed with Badal Roy (Miles Davis), Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Brad Shepik, Lenny Pickett, Chuchito Valdez, and many other great musicians. I was Adjunct Faculty at NYU's jazz program, and at the University of Wisconsin dance program. I've given masterclasses at Juilliard, University of Michigan, Lawrence Conservatory, and many other colleges. I played for 5 months in the Off-Broadway show "Fun Home", and toured and gigged with a wide variety of bands.
I've recorded on nearly 20 albums and have been involved in many other projects. Ask me anything you want in our music lessons!
Nicole October 1, 2015
Lack of communication and very unprofessional. Client experience should be number one, especially when we are prompted to pay up front. I had to give him my address three times, even though I couldn't book him without entering it. Once he got my address, I did not hear from him after two days, so thought I would call. Left a message, expecting a call back within 24 hours (per his voice message). And when I hadn't heard anything for 3 days straight, made one last attempt to reach him via email. He did finally email me back only to express his anger and frustration with my attempts to reach him.
Yes, I think anyone using this site for the first time would need some reassurance after giving out their address 3 times to someone they haven't met. Especially when this lesson was for my kiddo.
Eva L. September 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Our son enjoys working with John. He is very patient with young kids. I am amazed at what he's learned in a year!
Cristina E. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
John is a great teacher. My 7-yr old enjoys his classes. John is very patient and knows how to draw my son's attention back to focus. A lot of hands-on drumming even before my son knew how to read notes.
Hi! My name is Jessica and I would love to be your voice and/or piano teacher! I have been studying and performing classical music for 21 years. My relationship with music started at age 9 with the Contra Costa Children's Choir and I have maintained my classical vocal studies ever since. Along with my vocal studies, I studied classical piano privately with Keith Snell for 7 years, competing and achieving high marks in regional competitions. I went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished my education at the San Francisco Conserv
atory of Music, where I received my Masters, receiving training in vocal pedagogy and physiology, as well as vocal performance. I graduated from SFCM in 2009 and immediately began perusing both a teaching and performing career.
I have maintained an active voice and piano studio since 2011 and also teach with Village Center for the Arts, giving private lessons as well as working with their In School Outreach Programs, teaching Beginning Piano Class and Musical Theater Workshop. Other teaching opportunities include Vocal Master Class with Acalanes High School Women's Ensemble, voice instructor and Alto section leader for Occidental Choral Retreat with Volti SF, Music Instructor with Gymboree, and volunteer pre-school music instructor at Fairmount Elementary in SF.
I am an active performer in the Bay Area as well, performing with the new music ensemble Volti, Lyric Theatre San Jose, Opera on Tap San Francisco, Urban Opera, West Coast Opera Works, San Francisco Baroque Opera, and Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI). I have also been employed as a performer on the east coast, making my professional debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and singing the title role in Handel’s Radamisto with The Manhattan Opera Studio in August 2014.
During my many years studying music, I was inspired by several amazing teachers. They are responsible for making me the artist and musician I am today. My mission as a teacher is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and passion that was given to me onto a new group of eager young minds. I am truly a self proclaimed music dork and proud of it! I am a fun, patient, passionate teacher and am very excited to be a part of the TakeLessons team!
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.
For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week. For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.
Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.
*** Studio Equipment *** Upright piano with seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide music and have a portable electronic keyboard.
*** Specialties *** Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to genres such as musical theater and jazz. The only vocal styles I am NOT comfortable teaching are belting, pop or rock style vocal production.
Abigail B. August 8, 2015
Online Verified Student
The online lesson is something to get used to but Jessica was very kind and patient with my daughter! Looking forward to more lessons!
Christine G. April 28, 2014
Classical Voice Verified Student
Patient and encouraging
I'm always impressed with how Jessica is patient with our 7 year old daughter and still is able to draw her out and motivate her when she is tired from school. Jessica always finds creative ways to be inspirational. Both my husband and I drive 15 miles to be able to have Jessica teach our little girl. We think she is worth it. She has been flexible and always tried her best to work within our schedule and has even driven out to our house to cover a lesson when things didn't work out in the schedule.
Kellian D. March 11, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Jessica is teaching piano and voice to my 10 year daughter, and I am so impressed with her skills as a teacher. She is patient, encouraging, and inspiring, and her love for both music and teaching is apparent. She is also extremely knowledgeable about music theory and uses a teaching method that's very effective and gets students actually playing music right away, without shortchanging their long term development as musicians. Jessica is a rare find, plus she comes to our house for lessons!
I started playing guitar when I was in the 8th grade. At that time I was into punk, and as I got older I moved into listening to classic rock, then blues, then all sorts of jazz and jam bands, and now classical and sacred art. And my playing of the guitar has following the same trajectory: I played in the style I listened to. One common thread through all of this has been an, at first unconscious, but now fully conscious focus on the art of improvisation.
Improvisation is central in my own playing, and what I deliberately bring my students to do. And this is not something vainly indiv
idualistic. Franz Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin; Coltrane, Miles; Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan; Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton; SRV, Albert King, BB King: what do all of these musicians have in common? They improvised, and were very good at it in their respective genres. Improvisation is a truly important aspect of playing music, and one which I will give due focus to. Besides this, I will teach the student technique, chords, scales, songs (chosen by both the student and, at times, myself), and later on: theory (including harmony and ear training).
I have a Master's Certificate in Theory, Harmony and Ear Training from Berklee College of Music's online extension.
*** Lesson Details *** In my 'about me' section I have laid out in a general fashion what I will teach you.
I am very patient with my students. I focus on the qualities of effortless action, patience, contentment with our current abilities while striving to attain (eventual) mastery.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide an acoustic guitar, a tuner, picks, and sheet music. I expect the student to have a guitar, a tuner, extra strings, and picks.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in modal improvisation. I also can teach some art philosophy and philosophy related to art.
Amanda C. March 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 15 year old daughter began taking weekly lessons with Chase just 2 and a half months ago, she is already writing her own songs and plays guitar for us in the evenings.
Chase is a very good instructor, Rebecca rattles off all kinds of musical terms to me now and it's like she knows a whole new language!
Munjula P. March 3, 2015
During my lessons with Chase Robinson, I have learned and done a variety of things. Chase has many admirable qualities like his patience, friendliness, and positive attitude, all these things contribute to an enjoyable, informative lesson. He allows one to focus on things that are preferable to you, like learning more songs or doing more music theory. I have learned improvisation, to play songs, notes, and much more. Not only has Chase taught me so much, but has fostered more of my understandment for music and has been as inspirational figure
Melissa O. February 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Chase has been working with my two daughters (ages 10 and 6) and me for a few months now. We enjoy our individual guitar lessons and appreciate Chase's ability to modify each lesson based on our progression. Chase is always prompt and organized. As a mother and a student, I highly recommend him.
My name is Matthew, and I teach many people of different ages academic topics from arithmetic to algebra 2/trigonometry, science, reading/grammar, as well as all kinds of music and instruments!
I currently study at Mills College in Oakland, CA for my master's in composition, and I hold a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz.
Musically, I specialize in drum set and percussion, piano, voice, and guitar instruction (4 and 6 string) woodwinds, brass, and violin family strings. I have been teaching in Walnut Creek at my home studio/office for seven years, worked with local schools s
uch as Walnut Creek Intermediate, Meher School, Las Lomas High School, and Stanley Middle School.
If you are at all interested for yourself or your child please don't hesitate to call and ask questions.
Have a great day!
Adriana September 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
It was excellent. He has the patience and the knowledge. I do recommend him.
Mael D. August 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Best instructor ever!
Blessings R. March 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Matthew Fisher-Keller has been teaching my 5 & 6 year old to play piano since August.
He is amazing with my children who have completely different temperaments. He is able to keep them focused, motivated, and interested which is no simple task. He approaches each lesson with passion and excitement which is infectious. He is loving and kind but never a push-over or disciplinarian. He is able to communicate with them on their level and still keep them progressing in their lesson plans. My kids actually get on the piano at random times and crank out tunes even when they don't have to practice. I am so thrilled with their growth. He is ALWAYS on time and an excellent communicator. He keeps his schedule and gives ample notification should there be any conflicts so that you can reschedule lessons. This has been an added bonus for a Mom that is juggling so many extracurricular and school activities. I am thankful for Matthew and would recommend him to ANY parent or person seeking a piano teacher.
Hello my name is Yuh-Boh, I recently graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Music Performance in Saxophone. I have been playing the saxophone since elementary school and performed many recitals over the years. Currently I am preparing myself to apply to graduates for my Masters and in the meantime, I am looking for students to teach. It is important to note that I am trained mostly in the classical field and do not play too much jazz.
Alexander August 7, 2015
Bought two weeks of daily lessons, they were so awesome I m buying more!!
Thank you Jonathon!!
Alexander A. July 27, 2015
In home Verified Student
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