Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Chihwei
"As a choir conductor and church musician, I encountered all kinds vocal challenges from classical style to contemporary one. I'm very happy that Dr. Dougl
as is able to answer every question I brought to him. His experience and knowledge directly helped me toward my own breakthrough in vocal performance. I highly recommend Dr. Michael Douglas!"
New York, NY teacher:
Michael Douglas J.
Review by Lisa
"All four of my children have taken lessons with Jordan, in piano and acoustic guitar. Jordan has a natural way with children, and adapts his style and le
ssons to the individual needs of each child. Jordan's musical gifts, and his gift of relating to and teaching, children makes him and excellent teacher. I recommend him whole-heartedly."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Rachael
"Such a wonderful experience!
I took lessons with Marc over the summer, and it could not have been a better experience. On top of being an amazing teacher
(for someone with no prior skill), he was also very considerate, made the lessons extremely enjoyable, and was really flexible anytime I needed to change plans. I would definitely recommend him to anyone, especially if you are just starting out!!"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Danny
"I have always wanted to learn how to sing ever since I was little. I felt like I never had a voice, and that I was never going to meet anyone that could c
hange my perspective on that. That’s until I came across Ms. Denise. I have had her for a few weeks now and I must say that she is a really great vocal coach. Ms. Denise not only makes you feel comfortable with yourself, but she also pushes you to yours limits. I personally would recommend her as anyone’s vocal coach, especially if you are a beginner like myself."
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Rose
"Cameron has been my teacher for a year and a half now, from the very beginning of me wanting to learn how to play a violin. In that time, he has been beyo
nd patient showing me how to correctly play the instrument. He encourages me to be better. He works with my schedule as well as my learning curve. When I am stuck on something, Cameron provides tips and figures out a way to get me past the problem. I will continue as one of his students!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by steven
"My jazz instructor in High School led me to Bobby three years ago. He taught me a lot of things about playing the trumpet and greatly increased my ability
as a trumpet player. He is very, and inspired me to want to get better at playing through encouragement and his high quality playing. Every lesson is very personal and fun. I know that sounds cheesy, but I looked forward to every lesson I had with Bobby. Bobby is a very skilled player, and unlike many great players, he can teach just as well as he can play. Bobby and I also spent a lot of time talking about Jazz theory. I am now fairly knowledgeable about theory, one of the best in my school, and I learned it all from Bobby. If you take lessons with Bobby your trumpet skills will vastly improve, and if you want to learn jazz, Bobby teaches jazz theory as well as he teaches trumpet, if not better. The last thing I have to say is something that Bobby told me at our very first lesson, "we will both learn from each other, you will learn trumpet and jazz skills, and I will learn how to effectively teach you." Every lesson with Bobby is extremely personal, and he is constantly improving his already great teaching skills."
My love of music and musical talent was discovered when I was just five years old. An uncle gave me a plastic recorder and, without lessons or help from anyone, I was playing melodies within days. Soon after I started taking private lessons on Saxophone and Clarinet. I played my first paying job at age 14. When I was 15, my private instructor, asked me if I would be interested in teaching. He put me on the County list of private instructors and and soon I had my own thriving studio of Sax and Clarinet students. From that time on, I have almost continuously been involved in music educatio
n. Though I had listened to the rock "guitar gods" of the 60's I never became interested the guitar until, at the age of 15, I first heard Maestro Andres Segovia through his televised master classes. About the same time, I was amazed by the chord melody genius of jazz artists like George Van Eps, Joe Pass, and Bucky Pizzarelli. It was then I realized that the guitar could be an "orchestra." In the small town where I grew up, there were no guitar teachers so I studied with outstanding Guitarist Ed McGuire. Later, I studied formally with several renowned professors of guitar, including Bruce Holzman at FSU and Randy Reed, a professor at Duke University in Durham North Carolina. I have also performed in Master Classes for Classical Guitarists Atigoni Goni and Dimitri Diatchenko. Before making North Florida my home, I toured and played throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast in a variety of venues and styles from Rock to Jazz to R&B. Even after settling down I have stayed active in the music business, playing and teaching. I continue to work regularly performing solo, or in ensembles throughout Florida from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher who prefers to motivate my students by instilling my love of, and enthusiasm for, music in them rather than using any kind of "scare" tactics. I had a very few "knuckle rapper" style teachers over the years and found them to be very unmotivating. A large percentage of the progress a student makes happens between the lessons. The more they practice, the faster they improve. I also believe in building a solid foundation that my students can build upon. A good teacher teaches a student how to teach themselves. On guitar, I encourage, but don't insist on, my students learning to read music. Some styles of guitar do not require it, but I do mention the gigs I have gotten over the years because I could read. On all instruments, I am a big believer in great technique, musicianship and improvisational skills.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio is in back of the house as an addition. It has its own separate entrance and is approx 160 sq feet. Well lit and with heat and air.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide a music stand if needed. Students must have their own instrument. They will need to get their own books, though I do provide much supplemental material.
I am a classically trained pianist who has been playing for all of my life. Some of the most complicated pieces are part of my own repertoire, from Chopin to Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. I can play almost anything that is put in front of me, as well as anything I hear. My goal is to let students grow as a musician to be able to play piano for their own entertainment and pleasure.
*** Lesson Details *** Playing piano is a gift, which is what I want to bring to my students. It is a talent that needs to be learned, and I am the teacher who will bring it out of the student. I'm the most pati
ent, laid back, humorous, and easy-going teacher a student can have. I like students to enjoy their lessons, so the curriculum is up to them once I establish the basics. I'm the teacher who will give the most enjoyable lesson each week, and I aim to spread the talent.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studios each with a grand piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not usually provide equipment, but I am willing to provide any material that may be needed, such as books to teach from. I expect my student to provide anything he or she may want to use, such as a metronome or a specific song book. I will provide sheet music as needed.
*** Specialties *** Classical piano pieces are my specialty. I enjoy playing and teaching popular classical songs, because the student would enjoy showing that they can play a song that everyone knows, such as Fur Elise by Beethoven. Also, a method I have is to play the song for the student to see if he or she likes it before I start teaching. It is good for a student to hear what it sounds like first.
I started piano lessons at five years old. My dad was my first teacher. During middle school and high school I continued with other teachers. Music became very important during my years at college, consequently, at the University of Minnesota I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education; in graduate school I earned a Master of Science in Music Education at the University of Illinois and finally, I earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Miami.
*** Lesson Details *** I establish a good rapport with my students in order for the class to be enjoyable. It is v
ery important to emphasize hand position and posture with beginners. New lessons are assigned each week. There are lessons that build technique and others that are based on familiar songs or easy songs for beginners.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons are taught on an electronic keyboard.
*** Specialties *** My specialty is teaching beginners and organizing piano recitals as a means of building confidence and enthusiasm.
Vivian R. February 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Ms. Avis is an excellent piano teacher. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about her music. She is a very sweet person, very patient, she makes you feel very comfortable. She inspires me to do my very best. I am always excited to get to my lessons and very pleased of what I have accomplished after I leave. I would recommend Ms. Avis for piano lessons to others. Her way of teaching makes you want to learn all you can about playing the piano.
Adept in a wide variety of styles, international performer Dr. Joe Nibley currently performs as Principal Trumpet of the Albany (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra. He also serves on the faculty of The University of South Alabama as Adjunct/Visiting Professor of Trumpet. He looks forward to helping you achieve your trumpeting goals.
I started writing and voicing radio commercials very young, as well as singing in a church choir. Creative writing and singing were my first loves. This was followed by playing piano and studying psychology. Now I apply my skills and talents to a broad range of interests and income sources. I truly believe that life is an adventure and we must never limit ourselves. We must be adventurous and willing to think outside the box and try many new things.
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If youre a fan of contemporary R&B singers today, such as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, and Rihanna, and want to learn how to sing R&B music, then this article is for you! R&B is a very specific style of music - think pop and rock with an urban feel. To get a better idea of how to approach R&B songs, check out these musical tips! …
How to Sing R&B | 4 Tips for Beginners
Interested in learning how to sing R&B? Check out these helpful tips from online voice teacher Liz T...
If youre a fan of contemporary R&B singers today, such as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, and Rihanna, and want to learn how to sing R&B music, then this article is for you! R&B is a very specific style of music - think pop and rock with an urban feel. To get a better idea of how to approach R&B songs, check out these musical tips!
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