Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Micheal
"Amazing Just Amazing
I have been watching my daughter grow and become even more confidant in her singing. Glenn is a fantastic teacher, and really makes
his students feel special. He helps them builds on their strengths while pushing them to expand their limits. I was skeptical at first using on online service to find a voice instructor; I looked at the site for weeks wondering if this was some kind of rip off, I am very glad I tried it. I canât believe the changes in my girls in just a few short weeks"
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Karen
"Amber is amazing. My Daughter and I started in the spring and it's been wonderful. Now we're starting to incorporate my little 4 yr old daughter too! I
t's been a great experience and one of my bucket list items - I'm so glad we found Amber."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Kerry
"Tracy is fantastic! She's so enthusiastic and excited about what she is teaching. She's very encouraging and patient too. I'm having a great time learning
to play the cello!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Dan
Ian teaches my 14 year old son Piano. Ian is very professional and arrives on time. My son is progressing quite nicely. He seems to have a
good rapport with Ian. I highly recommend Ian as a teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Charollete
"Theresa is an amazing teacher! Very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and inspiring! Also, she is a phenomenal musician!"
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Rabecca
"Laura is very good with our children and we are well pleased with her instruction."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Antonio
I've been taking lessons with Leni B for over a year and I'm loving it. The lessons are fun and I'm learning alot about how to play well. I
'm learning much faster than I did with my other teachers and my hands don't get sore from practicing. No lame exercises. It was about the music from the start, and now I can play really well."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Ricky
"An excellent teacher and guitar player at the same time
When I first approached Nick I was a complete newbie and had no idea what I was doing on the gu
itar. Not knowing how to truly spend my practice time, read notes or even hold the pick correctly, Nick taught me the basics from the first lesson and eventually so much more. Ultimately, he helped realize a level of playing I couldn't have achieved on my own.
With that said, many things impressed me about Nick. First and foremost of these was his versatile and creative teaching style. He consistently adapted each lesson to fit my level, interests and problem areas. Whatever I needed to work on he made sure the lesson was spent wisely so I could get the most out of my time with him and address those issues that would improve my overall level of playing. If a technique or musical piece wasn't improved on after one or two lessons, he made sure to go back to it in subsequent lessons until he was convinced I was able to play it properly. He never settled for something being played in an average manner, but constantly pushed me to master the issue at hand. At the same time he made sure I was always being challenged with new material to continue building on my skills and in the process would not become bored.
Secondly, Nick is an outstanding guitar player who not only has amazing technique, but is well versed in his knowledge of the instrument and the many ways it can be played. He's not a one sided guitar player who only sticks to a single variety of playing, and I feel that gives him a unique ability to provide well rounded instruction to his students. When I was being taught by Nick I truly felt that I was being taught by a teacher who knew what he was talking about and could provide the best instruction possible.
Lastly, supporting his abilities on the guitar is Nick's knowledge of music theory and ability to make it both easy to understand and fun to learn . Learning about the theory behind the instrument aided my understanding of the guitar and gave me an additional layer of knowledge that I didn't think I'd ever get from a guitar lesson.
In the end Nick guided me in correcting many errors that I had ingrained into my playing from hours of incorrect self-practice and helped me vastly increase my skill level on the guitar. I can honestly say that had it not been for him I would never have gotten out of the beginner stage, nor would I have been able to learn as much as I did without his help. If you want to learn guitar or improve your skills I highly recommend getting in touch with Nick and taking lessons with him. He'll help you learn the instrument on both a macro and micro level that will improve your playing abilities and knowledge. Whether you're a beginner or advanced he'll make sure you master the proper techniques given your skill level, while still making the lessons enjoyable and introducing you to material that will test your limits."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Susan
"Julian has been teaching my son clarinet for almost 5 years. He is a great teacher. He made practicing fun and kept my son interested in studying music. I
Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are c
onsidering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.
For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.
Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.
Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.
I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** Aeolian Baby Grand Piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
Anna A. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!
Gerri K. August 12, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!
Lisa H. May 8, 2013
Good with children
Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.
I am a professional performing Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter with 25+ years experience playing and teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Temple University and spent 6 years performing in NYC with various groups and ensembles. I have studied and teach Classical guitar, Theory from both a classical and Jazz view point, Composition/Arrangement, Counterpoint and performance techniques such as repertoire building and maintenance.
*** Lesson Details *** I will tailor the lesson toward you goals..... It's all about mak
ing music and having fun....
For beginning students we will begin with chromatic exercises to start building hand dexterity and comfort with the guitar as well as working out of Mel Bay's guitar method book 1 for note reading, or straight into chords and strum patterns. Intermediate students will be evaluated based on goals and will be given supplementary material to build repertoire of tunes in the style of your choosing....
If you choose I can delve into Theory, Improvisation, Composition or any of the other more advanced concepts to take you as far as you want to go and meet all your goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dining Room, excellent acoustics, office has computer for lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have own guitar and provide chairs, music stand, metronomes and guitar tuners. Access to computer is helpful but not required.....
*** Specialties *** beginning to advanced guitar..all styles....improvisation.....jazz .... beginning classical.... rock, country, bluegrass performance including singing.... I try to get the student having fun playing music as soon as possible.... Students achieving success playing and (hopefully singing) songs that they like and are excited about is my goal.... building and maintaining a performable repertoire......
ChuckC May 10, 2012
John is an excellent teacher. He is obviously extremely knowledgable about music in general and the guitar in particular.He combines patience with high expectations of his pupils (at least this pupil).Very encouraging.I recommend him highly!
BrianH1 April 30, 2012
Patient and knowledgeable
John has been teaching my 9 year old daughter for several months now and I am extremely impressed with his knowledge and patience. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and practicing comes much easier and regular with John's laid back approach. I highly recommend John to anyone looking to take any level of guitar lessons.
JeremyR March 26, 2012
Very patient. Great motivator. Excellent delivery of instruction and material. John makes learning guitar FUN!
I am a professional percussionist and recording engineer with a Bachelors in Music Technology from Duquesne University. I have been playing for 14 years and am versed in in many drumming styles including rock, funk, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian. As a recording engineer I have recorded every genre from classical to metal. I cover everything from sound theory and physics to hands on application.
*** Lesson Details *** Beginning lessons involve the rudimentary study of rhythm and their application to drumming as a whole. Building a sense of independence in each hand so that both are equally a
s comfortable and strong will be emphasized. From their students will learn the intricacies of the drumset and develop a sense of interdependence between their limbs. I will start the student with a general overview of all the different styles and as they progress we will focus in on their preferred style. A strong emphasis will be placed on how to play with other musicians and I will accompany the student on either piano or guitar.
For recording and music technology students, beginners will start with a broad overview of what studies encompasses these fields. From their we will focus in on the students topic of choice and begin with practical application to get students working with the tools and technology available to them. Afterwards, we will move into more advanced studies including sound theory, physics, digital formats, etc.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Room: computer work station for recording, drum set and percussion instruments, parents can sit in lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** -I provide sticks, other small percussion instruments -students should provide their own primary instrument in case of large instruments
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I cover all genres and styles for percussion/drums and can work with any recording/music technology hardware/software setup.
Lori and Shawn S. July 2, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Mike has been awesome at teaching my 7 year old son for the past 2 years. He is very patient and able to provide direction for even the entry level student. Mike has been able to keep my son interested and excited about learning new songs and improving each week.
LauraT May 22, 2012
Michael is an extremely competent and intelligent teacher. He was able to quickly assess my skill level and provide instruction accordingly. His knowledge of sound production technology is impressive. Michael is easy to understand and a great teacher.
ArjunV April 2, 2011
Patient and Systematic
Mike is an awesome instructor. He was very patient with me and systematically took me through the basics of hand-drumming. I am looking forward to practicing more and making enough progress to impress Mike the next time we meet up!
I started taking music lessons when I was 7 years old. I have earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, and a master's degree in music composition from Duquesne University. I have years of experience teaching voice, composition, ear training, and music theory in both private lessons and in classroom settings. I am very friendly and outgoing, and I'm very easy to work with.
Russell W. August 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son enjoyed his lessons with Xinlei. I like how engaged she kept my son through every lesson. Xinlei was also very knowledgeable about the material which showed in the way she taught. l I thought that Xinlei was a good teacher and I would definitely use her again in the future!
Amber B. July 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter loved her and looks forward to working with her. Very professional knows what she's doing!!!
My wife and I have recently relocated to Pittsburgh from the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. I am a bass major who recently retired from a successful 20 year career teaching orchestra in Prince William County, Virginia. I hold a bachelor degree in music education from Shenandoah University and a masters in conducting from George Mason University. Prior to teaching in the public schools, I taught private lessons for many years in both music stores and my home studio. I also served for 10 years in the executive board of the Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors' Association and the Virginia
Music Educators' Association as the Orchestra Representative and maintain a position on the Executive Board as the Orchestra Representative Emeritus. I have extensive experience teaching all the orchestral string instruments but my main instrument is the electric bass. I have been a freelance musician for most of my life and performed all styles of music but my favorites are musical theater and jazz and blues.
Rachel D. July 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
Memorizing, beginning with scales, starting with songs, recognizing notes there are many ways of learning to play the piano, and good teachers will tweak their methods to accommodate each students abilities and desires. While each method has their own merit, still some people have this question: what is the fastest way to learn piano? Is there one? They may be more eager about the destination and less concerned about the journey, but the journey is very important. But there is one technique t …
What's the Fastest Way to Learn Piano? You Might Be Surprised!
Memorizing, beginning with scales, starting with songs, recognizing notes there are many ways of learning to play the piano, and good teachers will tweak their methods to accommodate each students abilities and desires. While each method has their own merit, still some people have this question: what is the fastest way to learn piano? Is there one? They may be more eager about the destination and less concerned about the journey, but the journey is very important. But there is one technique t
5 Delightful Jazz Guitar Licks - Tabs and Audio
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4 Ways Piano Competitions Make You a Better Player
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