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Daniel P.

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Starting at $80
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Teaches Beginner
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Daniel P.

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My passion is teaching Pool, known as Pocket Billiards. I have developed two unique training games that enables rapid progress on technique, aiming, pocketing balls and cue ball control. Most of all, they’re fun! If you have any interest in pool, take a lesson with me. You won’t regret it.

PS. I am an ideal teacher for children, with lots of experience under my belt.

PSS. Please note that the price here does not include my table time, which the student pays at the pool hall.

See you at the table!

About Daniel

Greetings from New York City. I love teaching pool, especially to total beginners. I’ve developed some unique training games that help you make rapid progress while having lots of fun. It’s got to be fun!! For that reason, I’m great teaching groups at parties. Over a decade ago, I got myself a

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Eli
Daniel was incredibly helpful in providing a lesson for myself and my Dad. He assessed our level of play quickly and catered the lesson accordingly. Daniel created a great game for us to practice on our own. Very happy with the overall experience.
Eric
Very interesting person who raised my interest multiple times throughout the lesson. Also taught me the mastery of an important fundamental of billiards that I looked past
Luciano
Great. I saw real results from one lesson

Joseph B.

4 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Speaks Ukranian, Russian, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1990
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Joseph B.

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Sharing the words and wisdom of Irving Crane...

I have played billiards and devised inventions as well as new games over the many years. My mentor in the game and the art of pocket billiards was Irving Crane. Teaching the finer principles of the game and the psychology of performance at the billiard table is a legacy I would like to pass on in my life. So, here I am.

If you would like to learn how not to stress out over the last ball, how to breath properly, align your shot, aim, follow through and visualize the entirety of the shot- that is a good foundation. How to plan and treat the game as a chess board, think through many shots in advance and choose the right path as it changes... these are good building blocks. if you would like your blood pressure to go down while your opponent's goes up, its a good topper.

Most importantly, billiards is a game of the mind first and foremost. We play against ourselves before we play the opponent. Knowing your own process of ...

About Joseph

~ Teaching beginners to professional students and coaching professionals for over 30 years. All levels and ages are welcome! ~ Hello my friends! I am an internationally respected concert pianist and composer who comes from a family of renowned musicians. I earned my degrees from the Jull

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Jeff
Joseph has a wealth of knowledge about speaking, listening, vocals, etc.

He created a welcoming environment in our online lessons that made it easy to be vulnerable and get right to working on new skills.

I highly recommend for others looking to better understand their voice and communication style, and learn to hone them.
Catherine K.
Joseph put us at ease immediately. Our first lesson included valuable information on how to warm up our voices, increase our range and protect our voices. We look forward to our next lesson.
Donna
I have been studying piano with Joseph for nearly five years. In that time, I’ve learned more about the piano and musical interpretation than I ever thought possible.

Joseph’s technical ‘short cuts’ are amazing! He illustrates ways for your hands and your mind to work that are tailor made for you. Learning from him is so fun it seems almost effortless.

The way Joseph teaches allows you to develop at your own pace. The atmosphere is always relaxed yet everything moves along quickly.

At the open classes I attend, his other students are progressing very rapidly too. After each class, we share our impressions. The mood is elated because it feels like we stepped back in time and into history.

Joseph often quotes inspired wisdom of his historic teachers in our lessons. He is a great inspiration on his own with great musical insights.

I’m playing Beethoven and Chopin works I never thought I could approach at this stage of study, with great depth of understanding. I now play with greater passion and skill, get compliments from everyone I play for, and no longer worry about playing in public.

I look forward to each and every lesson with Joseph. His encouragement and support makes learning so rewarding! Anyone who finds this musical treasure is a lucky person and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

James (JP) R.

6 Reviews
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Starting at $42
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 18 and up
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James (JP) R.

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I have been a PBIA instructor for over 13 years as well as player for 20+ years. I am no magician, I cannot make anyone a better pool player! However, for those that are interested and motivated, I can provide the knowledge, guidance and tools for any player to become their own coach and maximize their skills.

About James (JP)

I can teach you anything from fundamentals like stance, pre-shot routine and stroke mechanics to more advanced concepts such as bank and kick shots, jump shots, combinations, caroms and billiard shots. So no matter if you've never held a pool cue or you're a seasoned veteran, take your game to the

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Ken B.
JP is patient and knowledgeable. We did family lessons and he was able to teach each of us based on our level of understanding so that we all got something out of it. We will use him again!
Mike
When things click between instructor and student learning becomes a lot easier. I went into my first lesson with an open mind, and I was not disappointed. What JP explained to me had as much to do with his choice of words as it did with the credibility of his statements. We covered a lot of basics which I already knew, but how he explained them was in terms that I hadn't thought about. This prompted me to slow down and put more effort/concentration into each shot.
Christopher
James is very knowledgeable. He is very friendly and easy to understand. I am looking forward to our next lesson.

Saran E.

4 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Tamil, Spanish, French, IPA
  • Awarded National Merit Scholar from NMSC
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Saran E.

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• 8+ years of teaching, training, & tutoring experience.
• Tutoring for many undergraduate courses in math/statistics & economics/econometrics, as well as select courses in biology, physics, social sciences, computer science, systems engineering, and other subjects / areas. Select graduate course assistance offered as well.
• Tutoring for GRE/GMAT and SAT/ACT offered with individualized gameplan/schedule.
• Help with high school and middle school curriculum in math, quantitative sciences, social sciences, writing. Help with IB & AP classes and corresponding exams.
• National Merit Scholar & several (10+) AP Tests in High School.

About Saran

EXPERIENCE [Specifics] • 10+ years of teaching, training, & tutoring experience. • Tutoring for many undergraduate courses in math/statistics & economics/econometrics, as well as select courses in biology, physics, social sciences, computer science, systems engineering, and other subjects /

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Alexis
Great tutor. Helped me with GRE preparation, science courses, and admissions process.
Simon
Great tutor and very knowledgeable - helped me with economics and statistics classes and projects.
Viollette
Very knowledgable and professional. Saran is obviously intelligent and makes for a great instructor.
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Kim "The Dragon" Y.

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  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kim "The Dragon" Y.

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Advance your skills faster than your skill level can keep up! Whether you're a leisure player looking to make more banks, a league player trying to be more competitive, or an aspiring pro who needs an equally serious coach, I will tailor my teaching style to meet your needs.

About Kim "The Dragon"

Practice doesn't make perfect...perfect practice makes perfect! From stroke mechanics and fundamentals to the diamond system for the trickiest kicks and banks, I want to help you maximize your potential and take your game to the next level!

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Andrew A.
Kim is a real professional, very knowledgeable and patient. His approach to teaching the game is excellent...
Morgan
Had a great first lesson, Kim was able to spot several technique issues and made corrections to help build a more solid foundation.

Rob R.

21 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1993
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Rob R.

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I have played billiards for over 20 years, with success at many levels. I am a certified educator who also enjoys teaching the art of pool. I have helped many players along the way and I am adept at incorporating useful practice techniques to help my students achieve their goals.

About Rob

I am an easy going, knowledgable and creative teacher. I strive to put the students and their personal needs first. I'm very aware that each student/person learns differently and I incorporate various strategies of learning into my lessons. There is a lot of humor and dialogue with my lessons, al

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Celia
Rob is very pleasant and a good coach. I’m motivated to meet my goal.
Alex R.
Rob was really good with my son in taking the time to show him new tips and working on basics. We both learned a lot and his approach was excellent. I would definitely recommends Rob for anyone who wants to get better at pool.
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The average cost of 60-minute billiards lessons is $45. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $51 per hour.
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"Rob was really good with my son in taking the time to show him new tips and working on basics. We both learned a lot and his approach was excellent. I would definitely recommends Rob for anyone who wants to get better at pool."
Alex
Took Billiards lessons from Rob R.
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"Rob has a great eye for technique and is corrective and not critical."
Gary
Took Billiards lessons from Rob R.
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"Solid teaching style. Zeroed in on where I was with my game and what would help me move forward highly recommend Rob"
Dave
Took Billiards lessons from Rob R.
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"James is very knowledgeable. He is very friendly and easy to understand. I am looking forward to our next lesson."
Christopher
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"Rob was great. Very flexible on scheduling, knowledgeable, and engaging. He was able to customize the lessons to my goals and interests. I highly recommend him!"
Gerry
Took Billiards lessons from Rob R.
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"He is professional and very knowledgeable! He has a gift for teaching."
Sabrina
Took Billiards lessons from Rob R.
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"JP definitely helped me improve. Well worth it."
Max
Took Billiards lessons from James (JP) R.
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"Very informative lesson. We were able to spend time just playing a round of pool and evaluating where I was at in the process. Then took up more advanced topics and also breaking bad habits. Will be scheduling more lessons soon!"
Jeff
Took Billiards lessons from Matthew K.
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"Rob was awesome!! He went above and beyond to accommodate my needs. Will definitely hire him again!"
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Took Billiards lessons from Rob R.
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"I am extremely happy with David. He is very skilled, patient, courteous and most of all encouraging to his students. He has gone above and beyond with instructions. After two lessons I feel confident enough to play in a public place.
I look forward to continuing lessons with David.
Thank so much!"
Mary
Took Billiards lessons from David B.
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Private Billiards Lessons Near You

Billiards, also known as cue sports, involve using a cue (pool stick) to strike billiard balls around a cloth-covered table with bumpers, called a billiard table. Billiard tables and games sometimes have pockets and sometimes do not.

There are a variety of billiard games with various sets of rules and objectives, which are designed for both types of tables (with and without pockets). Carom billiards refers to games without pockets, and the term pool refers to billiards games with pockets. One of the most popular pool games played in pool halls on pocketed tables is 8-ball. 

Why learn to Play Pool?

You might not think of billiards as an incredibly active, physical sport, it does do some good for your body's physical health. You'll burn calories, while moving around the table. Billiard players also need strong balance and flexibility, both of which strengthen core muscle groups, tone other muscle groups, and lead to better physical fitness. 

Billiards is also a game of strategy, which means it provides a good mental workout for the brain. Billiard games require geometry and physics. While you plan moves, visualize the angles of bank shots, and mentally work out the physics of speed, momentum, and direction your brain will grow increasingly sharp. 

Billiard games are incredibly fun. They can be played solo, against a single opponent, or even in doubles teams. It's essential you practice this game of skill ahead of time if winning's important to you. The best way to improve your skills is by practicing with a billiards teacher. 

The Best Way to Learn to Shoot Pool and What You'll Practice in Lessons

Sure, you can find plenty of free billiards lessons and tutorials online, but the best way to learn to shoot pool is with a private billiard tutor. In private lessons, you'll receive your instructor's undivided attention and the sort of individualized instruction and coaching that simply isn't available in a larger class setting or with online videos. As you receive immediate feedback and correction, you'll overcome personal challenges and improve quickly.

Plus, every private lesson is different. Teachers fully customize every class with the student's goals, interests, preferred learning style, and experience level in mind. For example, billiards lessons for adults differ greatly in terms of course content and teaching methods from billiards classes for kids. Whatever your age or skill level, you'll stay motivate and interested, as you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Billiards

If you have little or no previous experience shooting pool, then beginner lessons are for you! In these classes, your billiards teacher will introduce you to all the basics you need to get started playing pool. In beginner classes, your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Get to know the equipment (cue, billiards balls, table, pockets, and markings)
  • Locate the kitchen, headrail, foot rail, and diamonds
  • Learn the proper way to hold and chalk the cue or pool stick
  • Learn the rules to a variety of billiards and pocket billiards games

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Billiards

If you already have some experience playing pool and are familiar with the rules of at least a few billiards games, then intermediate lessons are right for you. In these classes, your teacher will show you some new techniques and strategies to improve your game. In intermediate classes, your tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Think about upgrading your pool cue
  • Aiming and shooting strategies
  • Controlling the cue ball
  • Practice new grips and holds

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Billiards

Advanced lessons are intended for billiards players who already possess a high level of skill when it comes to shooting pool. In these lessons, you'll have the opportunity to refine your techniques while working with a professional. Content covered in advanced billiards courses depends greatly on the student's interests and goals, but your teacher might cover the following:

  • Practicing jumps, breaks, and banks
  • Breaking strategies
  • Learn strategies for play and setting up your opponent
  • Controlling your position

How to Find a Billiards Teacher Near You

Ready to join a billiards tournament or impress your friends at the pool hall? Then it's time to sign up for a lesson with a private billiards tutor. Finding a pool teacher on TakeLessons is easy. A quick search will direct you to a long list of highly qualified and experienced teachers who offer lessons online and in-person to students of all ages and abilities. Before selecting a tutor, we recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by other aspiring pool sharks. 

The price of billiards classes varies, but most teachers base their rates on the length and frequency of lessons. Plus, with so many billiards experts to choose from, you'll have no trouble finding someone whose lessons fit your budget. You'll find that investing in private billiards classes pays off immensely as you learn new strategies, techniques, and see your skills improve fast!