Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Connor
"Great singing teacher
Jameson was a great music teacher who I would recommend to anyone who is just starting singing or is experienced but would like to
further hone their skills. I learned more about technique after a few lessons with him than I did in two years of chorus at school. He has a flexible schedule for students and teaches at a convenient location right near the train station. He helped me to prepare for a college audition which I would not have passed without his help. Again, I fully recommend him to anyone looking to improve their singing skills."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Mahesh
"Very good Piano Teacher
* Understands what the student already knows and plans accordingly. * I started off as a Learner , I was able to read the music n
otes by week-2. * I can play little rhymes to my kids all by myself in 4 weeks. * He is very patient and ensures that you learn the basics.
I would recommend him any day."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lynda
"Trusted professional vocal teacher
Francisca was my singing teacher for two years and in that time with her I achieved so much. It was right before one o
f my biggest singing years (Year 12 HSC Music Examinations) that I met her, and we clicked straight away. I donât believe I would have been able to get through it without her. She gave me confidence and never doubted my ability to take on any song I chose. My voice was the healthiest and strongest it had ever been when she was teaching me. She helped me to further develop my chest voice (something I had always struggled with) and introduced me to a wider range of music genres. It was always the best part of my week going to singing lessons; they were fun and always beneficial, each lesson I walked away with something new to apply. Not only did I learn more about my voice, she developed my stage presence, challenged me and gave me insight into the music industry. With her guidance and continual support I achieved 89% in my HSC music examination, numerous amounts of gigs and my first lead role in an amateur musical production. Always professional, friendly, compassionate and positive; everything a teacher should be when dealing with an instrument as delicate and personal as the voice. Even though I do not receive lessons anymore, across the seas Francisca is still supporting me. I am so blessed to have had her as my teacher and friend."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Laura + Bill
"Elisa is a cut above!
Elisa was willing and very able to get my daughter quickly prepared for a camp audition in a very short time. She "got" my daughter
immediately and made her feel comfortable taking risks. We will continue to work with Elisa when my daughter returns."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by shane
Working with Rich for almost 5 years, I have found that he has a perfect blend of real-world music application sensibilities mixed with hea
vy academic accomplishments. Often, you get someone strong on one side, but weak on the other. Rich's real-world experience matched with his formal education produces a very qualified, very practical music educator!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Mario
"Meritxell is such a professional! She is very passionate and manages to keep the lesson fun and interesting. I was a bit shy in the beginning of the class
but her grace and kindness made me loose all fear of learning. Great teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Patrice
"Brendon is amazing! He's very professional and encouraging. He's actually inspired me to pursue songwriting as a career!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Lezane
"Ryan G. is by far the best, most patient and humble teacher I've ever had. He is crazy talented and passionate about music and his positive energy is cont
agious! Don't miss your chance to work with him before he gets too famous."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Maura H.
"I'm obsessed with Emmett. What an amazing guitarist and he really makes learning guitar easy. I hadn't picked up my guitar in years and then heard about l
essons with Emmett through a friend and thought I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did. It's been such a nice thing to do for myself and Emmett is the perfect teacher."
Adam runs successful singing, piano & acting studios in New York City & Watchung, New Jersey with clients on Broadway, MTV, & in the film/TV industry. He has also appeared on TV as a singing/confidence coach on TLCâs Date Patrol. He has directed 50 of the over 75 productions he has produced Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Adam's theatrical investment properties include the 2011 Olivier Award winning musical, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Broadway, West End), Godspell (Broadway), Ghost the Musical (Broadway), Blithe Spirit (West End), The Wedding Singer: The Musical (Broadway), Macbeth (Br
oadway) with Alan Cumming, How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (Broadway), Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (Broadway), NEWSICAL - The Musical (Off-Broadway & National Tour), and 27 Heaven (Off Broadway & National Tour).
*** Lesson Details *** 30 minute singing lessons - Typically do 10 to 12 minutes of warmup and the rest of the time is devoted to practical application of technique to your songs, as well as, performance aspects. I also offer hour lessons.
30 minute acting lessons - Typically work on monologues or scenes that I or they provide. We can also work on sides provides for auditions for TV, film, & stage.
*** Studio Equipment *** I use my Macbook Pro to record lessons and distribute them to students via a free Dropbox account.
*** Specialties *** Types of Tecniques Offered Mix/Blend Belt (Hard Mix) Legit (Classical) Meisner Method
Types of Style Musical Theater Classical Pop Rock R&B Jazz Country Heavy Metal Film TV Stage/Theater
Types of Instruction Available Individual Private Study Group Study
Eric M. March 24, 2015
Child Acting ·
Online Verified Student
Working with kids requires the ability to use analogies and really understand the child that you are working with. Our experience with Adam has convinced me that he posses those qualities. He is also punctual and consistent. As the guy footing the bill, I appreciate.
We plan on continuing our relationship with Adam.
robins April 28, 2008
Adam was very nice and professional and a pleasure to meet and work with. I'm looking forward to working with him again.
DannyF June 25, 2007
Very nice, professional
I am very happy with my selection, this teacher is everything i hoped for and mor.
A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Ms Luba S. started playing piano at the age of 6 and continued her musical studies at Mussorgsky School of Music and later at St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Her concert appearances in Russia included performances with orchestra and solo recitals at St. Petersburg State Capella, Philharmonic Hall, and Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory Hall.
Upon moving to the United States in 1989, she worked as a vocal accompanist at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music while pursuing her BS degree in Computer Science. From 1996 she participated in the series of Maste
r Classes at International Summer Festivals such as Holland Music Sessions, Nice Festival Academy, studying with Boris Berman, Brigitte Engerer, Menahem Pressler and performing in the frame of above mentioned festivals.
Luba made her Weil Recital Hall debut with the Zephyr Duo as a prize winner in the Artists International Competition. Both as a solo artist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the Metropolitan New York area in venues such as Trinity Church, Mannes and Manhattan Schools of Music, the Connell Library, Drew University, Watchung Art Center, Summit Presbyterian Church, Atlantic Highlands Chamber Music Series and others. Her performances also included appearances at Lacawac Sanctuary, Lake Ariel, PA, Solstice Festival at Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Benefit concerts for New Sussex Symphony, Bucks County Symphony and NJ Symphony orchestras, as well as chamber music recitals at Livingston Music Club, Women's Club in Glen Ridge, Temple University.
Ms. S. currently maintains a private piano studio. She is an active member of Music Educators Association of New Jersey and sits annually on a panel of judges for the association.
I believe that learning to play an instrument should be an integral part of every child's education. Music enriches emotional and intellectual development, provides a source of joy and fulfillment. My teaching philosophy is based on emphasizing individuality of each student. I teach students ages 5 through adult, and try to find a way to make it interesting, exciting, intellectually stimulating and rewarding for each individual.
- I incorporate elements of Suzuki method into my teaching for young beginners combining it with traditional Russian school methods and various others depending on student's needs.
- I believe in providing strong technical basis for piano playing and teach my students skills and tools to make practicing on their own efficient.
- I include music theory, ear-training, and elements of music history into my piano lessons
- I prepare my students to participate in annual MEA auditions, as well as recitals and competitions. I am an enthusiastic and devoted teacher who loves sharing my knowledge and creates an environment in which a student can learn and grow.
Michele M. September 17, 2014
It is with great pleasure and with no reservations whatsoever, that I can recommend Luba as a piano teacher for both children and adults. Although her curricula vitae speaks for itself in terms of her qualifications and experience, it is the personal qualities of a teacher that are of the utmost importance in developing a student/teacher relationship that brings out the fullest potential and desire to learn of the student. Luba's warm and kind demeanor belies her exacting requirements of her students. As a pianist who has attended Luba’s student recitals, I am always impressed to see how well-prepared and confidently they perform. Even the beginners play with beautiful phrasing and musicality. One can tell they have studied with a teacher who has worked hard to impart a strong sense of organic expression that music, performed with care and understanding, can evoke. As a concert pianist, Luba understands well the difficulties, both physically and psychologically of performance and is most supportive of the goals of her students. She is also interesting and caring and uses her sense of humour to entice her students to keep working through the difficult times, and keep coming back for lessons.
Colleague and professional freelance accompanist.
Niraj G. August 20, 2014
Classical Piano ·
"Mrs. Luba" has come to be one of the most positive role models in our daughter's life. Over the last two years, Luba has instilled in our daughter (now aged 8) a deep appreciation and love for music and an understanding of the importance of setting goals.
In addition to her obvious rich musical knowledge, Luba is enthusiastic, caring, warm and understands how to teach. She has worked with my daughter on troublesome topics and knows when and how to challenge her. She makes each and every lesson fun while creating a real sense of accomplishment. Rather than simply plow through songs, Luba also works with her on piano technique and music fundamentals that will hasten her development, particularly as she advances. Finally, Luba is always extremely accommodating and cognizant of our hectic schedule. Our daughter recently scored "Outstanding" in the 2014 Music Educators Association Annual Audition, thanks in no small measure to Luba.
We are absolutely thrilled to have found Luba for our daughter's piano instruction and hope to continue our long relationship together.
Cat Z. July 31, 2014
Classical Piano ·
I started taking lessons with Luba when I was 7 years old, and stayed with her for over 10 years (until I left for college). Now, despite no longer taking piano lessons, I still find great enjoyment in playing piano, and I attribute my love and knowledge of music to Luba. Luba's piano lessons were truly invaluable. She believes in a holistic approach, and understands that it is important for a student to be able to tackle a piece both technically and emotionally. She patiently goes over music theory, delving into the whys and hows of composition, helping her students understand the piece technically. Her explanations and demonstrations on the techniques with which to play a piece were clear and informative, and with practice I found my technical skills improving substantially. However, unlike many other musicians I've met who have mastered technique but failed to apply emotion, Luba ensures that a student is also able to connect with the music. She encouraged me when I chose to learn pieces I liked, and guided me when I struggled to emotionally connect with certain composers. She also taught me the value of practicing (which many children dislike doing, myself included at the time), and gave advice on how to actually practice and improve. With Luba, I consistently received a grade of "Outstanding" (the highest grade level) at the Music Educators Association's annual audition, and placed in numerous piano competitions around the state. I went from barely having any knowledge of music and piano to being able to both learn and sight read complex pieces. It's so satisfying for your efforts to pay off and to finally reach a level where you can pick any piece and know that you have the skills to learn it and play it well. Without Luba, I would not have reached such a mastery of piano and I am extremely grateful for all of her help over the years. Luba is a fantastic piano teacher and any student would be lucky to take lessons with her!
I am a music educator, classically trained with an advanced performance degree. As a soloist and collaborative musician, I have performed professionally in ensembles, bands and orchestras both here and abroad. With a high degree of knowledge and proficiency, I teach proper technique and practice strategies, music notation, theory, rhythm and phrasing, while adapting teaching approaches to match the needs of each student. I share a love of music with my students and it gives me great pride to hear each student develop their own musical voice.
*** Lesson Details *** My goal is to help stud
ents of varying ages and abilities succeed musically. Dedicated, experienced, encouraging, and sensitive to student moods, I am a multi-instrumentalist who can instruct you in acoustic guitar, classical guitar, piano (classical and popular repertoire), oboe, and voice. Study music to awaken your aural senses, develop muscle memory, and enhance your intellectual development.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and bench, keyboard, guitar, guitar stand, music stand, foot stool. Ample seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I am comfortable teaching from a piano or keyboard. I will transport my own guitar and anticipate students will own or rent the instrument they will be studying.
*** Specialties *** Beginner to advanced music instruction, guitar notes and chords, piano melodies and accompaniment, vocal instruction, musical theater, classical piano and more.
Liz S. June 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
The request for a review is a bit premature as I have only had one lesson with Rina, but it's obvious she knows her stuff. In just a few minutes of observing my primitive play, she was able to help me improve and correct my technique. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute...and not one minute of the lesson was wasted.
She is focused, clear, and precise in her instruction. At the same time, she creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in which to learn.
Anthony B. June 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Rina is an EXCELLENT teacher! She is very patient and knowledgeable which help make her such a great teacher. I regrettably have to move, but I learned so much from Rina that I know I will take with me wherever I go!
Michael E. May 17, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
I have been taking acoustic guitar lessons with Rina for about 10 weeks. When I first started I did not know anything about the guitar, but she made it easy by getting me started on learning just one sting at a time. Now I know all of the strings and play chords and a number of tunes. She is very patient and an excellent instructor. I am very happy with my progress and I plan on continuing with guitar lessons until I can play a wide variety of music.
Dr. Vince is a musician, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and a producer. Vince has three cds out with one in Germany. Dr. Vince has two master degrees one in music and in education with a PhD in Music Vince was produced by" Badfingers" Joey Molland, which was the Beatles first band signed to Apple Records. My band VitalpointRocks was also recorded by Ron Thal aka Bumblefoot and is now playing guitar for Guns and Roses I also performed with the Del Vikings, Ben E. King, and many local groups Vince wrote two instructional books one for guitar and vocal and is currently writing a book he
also plans to record more music.
*** Lesson Details *** Through my methods of teaching a student could excel, learn, and become an accomplish musician at any age. I work within the age group that is, to teach in the level of that student instead of above them.I have help students to get into bands and become songwriters. I show students how to practice within 15 minutes and become productive in ideas and have fun in the process all ages could have fun. I am one of those individuals who love to teach music and my reward is when you learn and feel good about your studies in the instrument so my last words to conclude in all of this is “have fun and enjoy the beauty of music.”
I am emphatic about learning music I cover all the grounds in music such as theory the basics to harmony and my favorite songwriting and get you to play what you like I have worked with all ages and the one thing I know in the beginning is to make that student feel comfortable and to get the attention from that student so they can learn, play, and most importantly have fun with it. I show students time management in their studies how to practice in such a little time I plan each lesson and if the lesson is not right for that day I quickly go into a second plan. I can always detect if the plan does not go well because there is one thing a teacher must know and that is to teach in the level of the student and not beyond so they can succeed properly and move on to the next level.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private teaching studio in a finished basement a whole drum kit, 3 keyboards, has several guitars and a bass for students to use at his home, microphones for voice and plenty of music stands
*** Specialties *** Teaching bands how to write songs and record as well as instructions on instruments
Patrick graham G. June 25, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
Vincent and I hit it off right from the beginning. He is very knowledgable about music and the bass in particular, which is what I wanted. He also is very comfortable to work with and has a very spacious studio to work in.
John L. November 1, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Vince has shown patience and professionalism since the first day I started.
He answers questions fully and allow the lessons to flow at a pace that works for me.
His lessons stay on point and we don't proceed unless I have a grasp of the technique or principle.
I recommend him for prospective students of all ages.
John L. February 10, 2013 Verified Student
Very friendly, and especially patient with adult learners.
He makes you feel comfortable and is interested in individualized learning plan and goal setting
Looking for a band instrument jump-start for your child?
Woodwind-Studio-NJ has the perfect Summer instrumental Program for your student.
This exciting summer program prepares students for their first year of studying an instrument at school. Kids can enter their school band feeling confident and ready to make music! Jump-Start Instrumental Program runs from July 1 to September 6 2015.
My students are the winners of the auditions to the NJ Youth Symphony orchestra in 2014/2015 (HS and MS),
NJ Regional Symphonic Band competitions in 2013 and 2014(HS), NJ All-State Symphonic Band (HS)and 2014 (MS), M.A.M.T.G. and Golden Key Solo competition in 2014 and 2015. Most of them have been recognized and promoted to the first chair by their school's band directors. They perform as soloists at the public concerts in 'Rising Stars' program.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach students of all ages and abilities! I offer beginner through professional instruction on clarinet, beginner through intermediate instruction on saxophone and flute.
The special program for young students (5 - 8 y.o.) is designed by utilizing recorder and piccolo (small) clarinet to prepare them for the 1 year in school band.
I prepare school students to NJ Regional, Area and State band auditions. All concert pieces are practiced with CD accompaniment using special audio equipment which allow to slow tempo for early stages of learning process. My ultimate goal is to to pass all my knowledge and experience to my students, prepare them to be the fine soloists and the first chair in the school bands or symphony orchestras.
*** Studio Equipment *** Spacious, well lit, recently renovated soundproof room. Seating for parents, music stands, sheet music, printer (for printing custom handouts), high speed internet, audio equipment.
*** Specialties *** Over the last twenty years I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, solfeggio and music theory lessons. The age of my students range from elementary school through mature musicians. I prepare school students to NJ Regional, Area and State band auditions.
I'm currently a principal clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and a co-principal of the Hanover Wind Symphony and a member of the 'A La Mode' clarinet quartet. In the past I've played with the Kiev Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater in Kiev (Ukraine), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, Ga Symphony Orchestra, Staten Island Symphony Orchestra and Staten Island Chamber Orchestra. I have given solo performances in Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Moscow and Tbilisi Conservatory, and was a featured soloist on "Rosell" TV show in Columbus, Ga. I also play jazz, Klezmer and Russian music at weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries and holiday parties throughout the tri-state area. I am a graduate of Kiev, Ukraine Conservatory where I received my Bachelors and Masters Degree in performance and in Music Education. My main instrument is clarinet, but I also play flute, trumpet and saxophone. I've been playing clarinet since I was 9 years old. Over the last twenty years I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, solfeggio and music theory lessons. The age of my students range from elementary school through mature musicians. I was fortunate to study clarinet from the very first day with principal clarinetist of Radio Symphony Orchestra and later with principal clarinetist of Ukrainian state Philharmonic Orchestra and principal clarinetist of the Kiev Opera Theater. At the age of 16 I won the 1st place at the Ukrainian State Young Musicians Competition and at age of 23 I was a Top Prize (2nd place) winner of the Ukrainian National Clarinet Competition.
Shao F. June 8, 2015
Our 12-year old son has been learning clarinet from Mr. Dimitry for about a year now and we highly recommend him to prospective students for his deep music knowledge, rich clarinet performance experience and above all, just being a great clarinet teacher.
In a year's time with Mr. Dimitry, our son's progress has been very impressive. After our son started lessons with Mr. Dimitry, it quickly became apparent that Mr. Dimitry is a very experienced teacher for young musicians. He engages our son effectively to keep him interested in music and clarinet while at the same time sets high expectations for him. Our son always looks forward to clarinet lessons and also is motivated to practice pieces at home.
Mr. Dimitry not only teaches sound clarinet skills, but also emphasizes the importance of playing music the right way, that is to tell stories and express feelings through music rather than to play music like a technician. Although it is difficult for a young musician to fully appreciate this concept, it does go a long way in preparing him to become a really good musician in the long run.
Mr. Dimitry is very polite, pleasant and professional. We recommend him without any reservation.
Julia J. June 8, 2015
Music Performance ·
My 7 year old son has been taking recorder lessons from Dimitry for almost 1 year now. Dimitry is very patient, encouraging, and enganging - considering that my son is on the younger side. Dimitry provides music instruction that is appropriate age and level wise, so my son feels accomplished and challenged at the same time.
We plan to continue with Dimitry and hopefully advance to the clarinet once his fingers can cover the clarinet holes and he has learned more music theory. My son looks forward to his music lessons. We are very pleased with his musical instruction.
Jeff S. June 16, 2014
Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.
As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my lessons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level.
Need a gift for the piano player in your life? Here are six great ideas from St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. that are sure to make him or her happy..
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas are right around the corner. And as if finding original gift ideas isn't tough enough as it is, thinking of gifts for piano players can be even tougher. But rest assured, there's so much fun stuff that we could use on a daily basis. Here are six of the best holiday gifts for the piano players in …
6 Great Holiday Gifts for Piano Players
Need a gift for the piano player in your life? Here are six great ideas from St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. that are sure to make him or her happy..
Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas are right around the corner. And as if finding original gift ideas isn't tough enough as it is, thinking of gifts for piano players can be even tougher. But rest assured, there's so much fun stuff that we could use on a daily basis. Here are six of the best holiday gifts for the piano players in
Guitar Theory Basics: Understanding Keys
Curious about keys? Guitar teacher Alexander A. breaks down the guitar theory behind understanding keys...
What key am I in? For most of the music we play this simple question yields a simple answer. I think the REAL question here is why. Why is a piece of music considered to be in the key of G major, or A minor, or any other key? I was in my 3rd semester of Jazz Harmony at Berklee when the instructor stumped the entire class with this question. I think the answer will surprise you.
The Best Piano Competitions for Young Pianists in 2015
Are you considering entering your budding pianist into a piano competition? There are an array of competitions to choose from across the U.S., many offering the opportunity to compete against top performers from around the globe.
All-Ages Piano Competitions Across the U.S.:
Seattle International Piano Festival & Competition - Seattle, WA
Competing in May (preliminary) and October 2015 (finals) at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, pianists from all over the world are encouraged
In-Person, Online, or DIY: Whats the Best Way to Learn Guitar?
The guitar is a beautiful instrument which lends itself flawlessly to expression and creativity. Adaptable and versatile, it allows the intent and emotion of the artist to flow through it, AND its easy to begin. After learning only a few easy chords you can not only play songs, but write them! Once you get the hang of it, playing guitar allows you to emulate your heroes. Many of your favorite songs are simple to learn on guitar, and its a wonderful feeling to play for your friends and family.
Electric Guitar Accessories: What's in Your Gig Bag?
Got the gig? Great! Now what should you bring? Read on to learn about the electric guitar accessories that Charleston, SC teacher Christopher A. recommends stowing in your gig bag
As you get into playing guitar, opportunities may arise to showcase your talents in a live setting. Regardless of the performance location, be it a bar, coffeehouse, or your high school gymnasium, there are a few essentials you should carry with you in your gig bag or guitar case. Making a list of items you need f