Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Amber
"I wanted to learn 2 specific songs and that is what he is teaching me, plus more. ;-) Very friendly."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Corene
Eric has worked with my 8 year old on drums for almost a year now. He is knowledgeable and patient. I would recommend him to anyone wan
ting guitar, drum, piano, or voice lessons!"
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Iris
"Learning from the best
I've been very pleased working with Lena in the past two months. She's is a wonderful teacher.
Lena is patient, gentle and experi
enced. She cares deeply about her students and continues to motivate and challenge them with new songs.
Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced player, I'd recommend anyone to Lena!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ande
"First Time Student
My son has been taking drum lessons with Mike for several months. He had never played drums prior to his first lesson and Mike has bee
n nothing but patient and very professional with him. My son really enjoys the lessons and is learning so much more than I expected. Super happy with Mike and his knowledge of the drums along with his patience and communication. Would highly recommend him!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Bernie
Took my first lesson today and I have to say that I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. Looking forward to the next one...now off to
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Ceagal
"The best music teacher!!
My 11-year-old son has been taking violin lessons with Travis for a couple months now and loves it! Travis always has a smile on
his face, comes on time, and is professional. My son had zero experience with this instrument before; so it was important for me to find a teacher who is patient, and Travis definitely is. He has a good sense for when his students are ready for a little push or need some extra attention in some spots. I highly recommend him!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Miguel
I've have a number of other voice teachers in the the past and have had mixed results and made some progress. Since I started working with
Melodie, I have grown so much as a singer and musician. She has greatly improved my vocal intonation, breath control and vocal range. When we work on a particular piece of music her input for better interpretation has always been right on the mark and I am better able to convey the message of the music. in short working with Melodie has allowed me to find my true singing voice. I will be forever grateful to her for her superb musical guidance."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Nina
"Peter is an amazing teacher!!
Peter Van Derick is an amazing voice teacher. I have been studying with peter since 2005 and my voice has grown tremendousl
y. I used to be a soprano and Peter has taught me how to belt in a very healthy way; never harming the voice. He tailors his vocal exercises to each individual and comes up with new ones all the time. I would highly recommend Peter whether you are doing opera or musical theatre; he does it all brilliantly!"
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by AnnMarie
"This product has great features
Jill is such a wonderful instructor , my son is having fun while learning so much. We have used other instructors but she
has a great gift of drawing you into the lesson while making it enjoyable."
Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child...
I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is important to mention, because if I didn't enjoy what I did and take pride in working with people, then my teaching skills, curriculum, and experience would mean nothing. As anybody who has played a musical instrument can attest to, learning something new is difficult, and having a patient teacher who
enjoys working with people is mandatory.
Throughout my life, I have had the opportunity to study with some amazing teachers, including Carmine Appice (author of “Realistic Rock” and drummer for Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Jeff Beck), Jason Lingle (Berklee School Of Music), Keith Harris (drummer for The Black Eyed Peas) and Lee Nichols, to name a few. My experiences with these teachers has led to a proficiency in rock, jazz and Latin, as well as the ability to convey these concepts in a manner that promotes patience, personal challenge, and constant progress.
Besides teaching private lessons at many local facilities, I have had the opportunity to teach group classes at dozens of elementary and middle schools, including schools in the Westminster, Ocean View and Huntington Beach school districts. I have also aided many students into attending the arts high-school/college of their choice by working with them to properly read and perform all audition material.
Whether you are a brand-new beginner or a seasoned student of the instrument, I am confident that I can take your playing to the next level. Oh yeah, we will also have a great time. Maybe you don’t know yet, but playing the drums is FUN. Give me a call and I will prove it to you.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach using the Freddie Gruber method, which promotes a natural grip of stick and the idea that we should allow the stick to “do what it wants to do” by using natural and fluid motions. This is an incredibly effective style of play and is used by drummers such as Neil Peart, Dave Weckl and Steve Smith.
I teach with an emphasis both on rudiments and hand technique, as well as drum-set exercises and genre study. I encourage practice to be done on a rubber practice pad as well as on the drum-set, and for brand-new beginners, I often recommend that the practice pad be used exclusively for the first several weeks or months to allow for a great understanding of basic grips and hand techniques. This is especially true when the new beginner doesn't yet own a drum-set. I am often asked, “does my child need a drum-set to take lessons?” The answer is always a resounding “not at all!” A pair of sticks and a practice pad will do the trick, and will also allow you, as the parent, to see your child’s level of involvement.
Within the first 3 to 6 months of lessons, my students can expect to:
- Properly play and understand a handful of rudiments, including the single and double stroke rolls, the paradiddle family, as well as several flam and drag rudiments. - Play and begin properly reading many different drum-beats and rhythms, and connect these beats using fills that are fun and sound cool. - Begin learning songs of the their choice, from Metallica to Miles Davis.
I am also inspired by many different educational sources, including the textbooks:
- Stick Control by George Lawrence Stone - Rockin’ Bass Drum by Charles Perry and John Lombardo - Realistic Rock by Carmine Appice - The Art Of Bop Drumming by John Riley - The Drummer’s Bible by Mick Berry and Jason Gianni - Haskell Harr’s Drum Method
…as well as many other awesome texts that provide both classic and contemporary concepts that are challenging, and most importantly, sound really cool.
I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.
Whether you are a drum-line student who needs help playing a piece, a rock drummer who wishes to learn the basics of jazz (or vice versa), or a brand-new beginner who wants to see what this whole drumming thing is all about (spoiler: it’s awesome), I have the patience, the passion and the skills to help you get the most out of this wonderful instrument. Let’s play the drums!
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach out of an awesome private studio that features 2 drum-sets (the student never needs to get off the drum-set), recording equipment (lessons are often recorded and cited later) and a great headphone sound system (for effectively learning and playing along with songs.) Simply put, I believe my studio is the most fun and efficient place to study the drums in Orange County.
Check out the photos in my profile for some pictures.
*** Specialties *** Years of teaching group classes to elementary and middle school students has given me lots of experience with a multitude of learning styles. My specialty lies in not only conveying lessons and concepts in an easy to understand manner, but doing so in a fun way that encourages progress. Simply put, you will want to practice, simply to see exercises and grooves evolve.
While I am most proficient in rock music and have played in many rock bands, I am also very proficient in formal snare playing (marching/classical) as well as standards in jazz and Latin.
Eniko B. August 23, 2016
In home Verified Student
I am a 20 year old college student and I've been taking lessons with Mike for almost a year now. There hasn't been a time when I left the lesson without learning something new or improving on my previous skills. Mike is an excellent teacher and is very familiar with many different genres and styles of music. I always look forward to going to my lessons because every week there's something new and challenging waiting for me. I would highly recommend Mike as a percussion teacher to anyone, as he is incredibly nice and talented at the same time!
Jeannie Skidmore March 20, 2016
I am 14 years old and have been taking drum lessons for about 6 years from Mr. Mike. I don’t think I can find the words to say how awesome he is! I only liked drumming when I started with Mr. Mike, but he has inspired me to absolutely love drumming. He has been the only drum teacher I have ever had I would be crushed if I ever lost him as my teacher. He takes the time to teach me the music I love to play and learn. He also teaches me the not so fun stuff like reading music and rudiments to make me a great drummer. No matter what Mr. Mike teaches me, he always makes it fun. I look forward to my lessons with Mr. Mike; he is simply the best!
Mr. Mike is not only my drum teacher, he is also my friend. Every time I arrive at his studio, he always asks me about my life and how I’ve been, and he makes me laugh all the time. I hardly remember my life before Mr. Mike. I look up to him, and he has always been a great role model to me. Mr. Mike has inspired me to be as accomplished as he is on the drums when I grow up. Even when I am struggling to learn hard parts, he is always supportive and helps me through it. Mr. Mike never makes me feel bad about myself; in fact, he has made me more confident not only as a drummer but as a person. I think the world of Mr. Mike. I think he has helped to shape me to be the person I am today.
Mr. Mike is one of the kindest and warm-hearted people I have ever met. He inspires me to be the best drummer I can be. Mr. Mike is a huge part of my life, and I hope he always will be. I am so lucky to have him as my teacher. They don’t make words to express how highly I recommend him to be your drum teacher.
Christina M. October 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He is amazing! Pack full of knowledge! He is passionate about giving you a strong foundation to build on. Very fun and very easy going! Drum lesson day is the day I look forward to and it won't come soon enough.
Jill's first violin student was in 1998-1999 and began teaching steadily ever since 2002 with annual recitals for students.
She can help you with your goals whether it be playing music for fun, joining a classical orchestra, college auditions, or learning music theory!
Jill is currently available to teach violin, viola, piano, or music theory lessons in her Huntington beach studio.
Students will learn using a combination of the Suzuki method, fun books with pop or movie music, and other method books.
Piano students study from the Faber & Faber books, Snell, Hanon exercises, and sc
Violin and viola students use Suzuki, Wolfahrt etudes, Bach Sonata & Paritat, Carl Flesch scales, other etude books and Sassmanshaus for young violin students. String students also learn how to shift out of 1st position and learn to tune.
Private violin students can participate in the Certificate of Merit program testing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.
Students also learn to read music and learn rhythm.
Jill has 2 optional recitals per year for students.
Jill can help students with orchestra auditions.
She has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, join an orchestra that toured Europe, helped students with Certificate of Merit, and auditions and acceptance into the Orange County High School of the Arts.
She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.
Jill graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where she also studied piano and also studied jazz improv and theory at Saddleback College.
She performs classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events.
Jill also is classically trained and plays in professional orchestras like Dana Point Symphony and Symphony Irvine.
Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.
Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.
*** Studio Equipment *** Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. Music Stand for Violin & Viola Students.
Ana March 4, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher!
Emily S. February 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Jill. She is very friendly and encouraging. She has taught me so much in my first lesson. I look forward to learning much from her.
Annabel W. February 16, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.
*** Lesson Details *** I am extremely patient an
d firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.
I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.
I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.
I hold a Doctorate Degree in Music and Advanced Performance from Yerevan State Conservatory. With more than eighteen years of professional teaching experience, I am able to offer my students a diverse range of educational resources. I teach piano, performance, and music theory. Currently, I am a theory and piano teacher at a Russian Music Academy in Orange County.
*** Studio Equipment *** 88 key Casio Privia Digital Keyboard
Kerry A. May 12, 2016
In home Verified Student
Regina has been wonderful. Logan has been progressing nicely.
Logan A. November 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son enjoyed his first lesson ever.
Erica July 13, 2015
Regina is a wonderful Russian teacher! She goes out of her way to prepare challenging but accessible lessons, and she is patient and encouraging. I am impressed with how seriously she takes her job, her skill as a teacher, and her connection with me as a student.
I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as first vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.
Anna K. performs extensively a
s soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has performed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as string chair as well as vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
Joshua August 19, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Anna is a great teacher! My son really enjoys the lessons, and after just a few weeks said that he has already learned many useful things to improve his viola playing.
Shinyoung ju April 11, 2016
Teacher Anna is very enthusiastic and always makes an effort to help out my son to achieve his goals. My 17 year old son has made a significant improvement in his viola playing since he started taking viola lessons with Anna. I am so glad to see such a big progress in a short period of time. We are very grateful to Anna for her help and efforts.
Maribel April 9, 2016
Anna is a teacher who always motivates student throughout her classes to get interested in music and to practice violin more. She has been a wonderful and attentive teacher to my daughter. I highly recommend her!
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