Kirkwood Music Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons? Our Kirkwood teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Kirkwood?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Music Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 5 0 0 , 7 1 0

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers near Kirkwood

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Kirkwood including Philadelphia, Wilmington, West Chester, Newark and Norristown.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Barbara N.

Close
215170_301620_31293
Brookhaven, PA

View Full Profile
About Barbara
I have been singing for as long as I can remember. It is my very favorite activity. I have transformed my love of singing into a career.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 25 years. When you study with me you will have the advantage of that experience. I have extensive experience teaching students of all ages. Throughout my teaching career I have taught students with varied backgrounds and diverse needs. If you are a person who was told not to sing by your music teacher, don't give up! I have taught many children and adults to match pitches and improve their singing voices.

I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Moravian College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University. While at Temple, I studied standard vocal repertoire and Early Music. I have also completed graduate course
s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at West Chester University.

I served on the faculty of Suburban Music School for 17 years where I taught voice, piano and recorder lessons. I also directed the Children’s Choir and the Women’s Choir. I was formerly on the faculty of Delaware County Community College where I taught courses in the Music Department; and of Temple Music Prep where I instituted, developed and maintained a vocal program at Temple University’s Ambler Campus.

In addition to teaching I was employed for eleven years as a chorister at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Greenville, DE where I have had the opportunity to sing for such notable conductors as John Rutter, Sir David Wilcox, Sir Philip Ledger, Stephen Cleobury, and James O’Donnell. Previous choral work has included singing for Dr. Ifor Jones and for Michael Korn. I perform in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the Philadelphia area and in Cape May, NJ and with a Celtic group called Celtic Women and Friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons

When you study voice with me, you will start with the basics - posture, breathing and tone production. If you have studied before, we will review these areas and brush up on anything that needs work. The next step is to learn some vocal exercises to warm up and develop your voice. When the exercises are going well, we will begin to work on songs. You will need to learn some classical songs because they help to develop your voice, but we will also work on the kind of music you like best. In addition to songs, we will work on solfege (do, re, mi, etc.) which helps to train your ear and to improve your sightreading ability. If you don't know how to read music I will teach you that. If you read music but have some gaps in your knowledge, we will fill those in.

I teach what is called bel canto (beautiful singing). It is a healthy vocal technique that will help you avoid vocal problems. When you learn to sing with this technique, you can sing any style of music you want. After a few months of study, you should be able to tell that your voice is growing stronger, that you have better breath control, and that your range is increasing.

Although I have high expectations of my students, I am relaxed and friendly. If you love to laugh, we will enjoy that together!

Piano Lessons

When you study piano with me you will enjoy playing a variety of songs from your lesson book. As you advance, we may add a repertoire book which increases the number and variety of songs you play. There are many excellent piano methods. I use different methods for different students, depending on their needs.

Lessons will include posture and proper hand position, warm-ups, songs and music theory. Music theory is the study of notation and how music is put together. You will have a workbook with exercises for this study. If there is a particular style of music you would like to play, we will look for music at your level to add to your lesson. After a few months of study, you should know how to read basic notation and be able to play a number of songs. You will also have increased your knowledge of musical notation and harmony.

I expect my students to practice in preparation for their lesson every week. I am relaxed and friendly, so that should help to put you at your ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, stereo equip, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching the bel canto style singing. With this technique, a person can sing any style of music she or he chooses.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Donna March 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
In such humble surroundings, I have found a diamond. She teaches gently with gréât knowledge of thé human voice. I am so gratified to have found her.
Please ignore any accents that appear in this paragraph. I have been writing in French most recently and have not been able to convert back to English spelling conventions. Stated simply, Barbara is a jewel of a teacher.
Thumb_77160_pi_Sarah%20%26%20Mom%20Moma
Sarah, G. July 31, 2015
· Singing · In home
First lesson is voice evaluation and basic exercises. looking forward to further lessons.
Silhouette-80
Karen W. June 24, 2015
· Singing · In studio
She's excellent! Very professional and skilled! Encouraging! She's just awesome! Definitely recommend!
View Details
View Profile
Barbara N.

Barbara N.

Brookhaven, PA 19015
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Timothy K.

Close
221590_395043_1335391996
Philadelphia, PA
View Full Profile
About Timothy
Education-
Currently a music performance major at Temple University
Associates in Applied Science
Major- Sound Recording and Music Technology
I can teach all styles from reggae, funk, jazz, rock or blues to heavy metal. I can also introduce students to recording and preparing for the studio. I am currently in TOOL tribute band and working on several recording projects.
Paul Green School of Rock Music, Music Director 2001-2009
Philadelphia/Southampton, PA
Produced and directed 25 concerts of varied genres of music
Responsible for teaching students reading techniques, song form, sound production and drumming fundamentals.
Educated individuals and groups in an extensive variety of musical styles
Instructed students ages 6-18 yrs in drum set and snare studies

St. Martin’s Catholic Elementary, Drum Instructor Feb 2000-Jan 20
11
Philadelphia, PA
Taught percussion ensemble
Tutored intensive individual instruction
Facilitated drum and snare studies
Prepared students for school concerts

Lansdale Catholic School, Drum Instructor Sept 1991-June 2000
Lansdale, PA
Taught marching band

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world! After a few months you'll be booking yourself gigs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording gear, two drum sets, rehearsal space seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a studio with two drumsets set up

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Funk, Prog, Reggae, Folk, and Jazz
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Claven October 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is a great teacher he helps you learn it so you can understand, he simplifies what your having a hard time on and then you'll get it
Silhouette-80
Yixuan July 26, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Tim is a really nice and patient teacher. I did not have any drum experience before, but Tim arranges the first courses from basic rhythm practice, and also asked me to set up a long goal of playing drum cover of my favorite song. So the drum lesson is always interesting and compact, which makes me want to practice more in my spare time. I hope I could follow up the courses with more improvement and did better with his guidance.
Silhouette-80
Lily July 4, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Great for the first lessons. .
View Details
View Profile
Timothy K.

Timothy K.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Art S.

Close
Profile_129117_pi_FB_IMG_15275231958877144
Media, PA
View Full Profile
About Art
Art has been playing guitar for 15 Years and has been a professional musician his entire adult life. After graduating from the world famous Musicians Institute in Los Angeles Art taught hundreds of students from complete beginners to touring pros and has played on several national commercials/tv themes and played countless gigs in nearly every time zone from Seattle to New York to Sydney.

Currently Art is the guitar player in the half texan half australian rock outfit Dellacoma who just finished up 15 months of nearly non stop touring and just released their first album on Shock Records. Theyve toured all over America and Australia and currently are preparing for European tour dates across Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and the UK in the summer of 2016. Theyve shared the stage with Def Leppard, Styx, Black Label
Society, Slayer and many others.

Now off the road for a signifigant amount of time, Art has resumed teaching full time and is resuming enrolling students. Art has been a guitar teacher for over 6 years and has taught (and played) everything from taylor swift to metallica to james brown. He believes every student learns at their own pace and does not believe in a "one size fits all approach" for learning the guitar. He tailor makes every curriculum for the student and can help every individual achieve their goal whether its strumming around the campfire or wanting to dazzle crowds with technical wizardry.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students taking lessons from me can expect a balanced music lesson. A combination of practical skill based things such as technique, scales, theory but also learning your favorite songs from your favorite bands or artists. I bring conservatory based training mixed with real life world experience to students from my training at the Musicians Institute and the hundreds of gigs and recording sessions. I have a very laid back approach and believe that music lessons are healthiest and most fun activities a human being can engage in. I use a wide variety of curriculums based on the students skill levels and wants and needs. Whether you're an absolute beginner intermediate or advanced or you want to learn acoustic pop, funk or heavy metal i've performed it, recorded it and taught it. After a few months of lessons with me students can expect to be playing along to there favorite songs, able to improvise over chord progressions and developed some technique and sense of rhythm.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The lessons are taught in the living room with all equipment. Seating is available. Parking is on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide copies of material as well as my own supplies from paper and pen to cabes tuners and amp. I expect the student to have a quiet space {assuming an in home lesson} to teach in as well as guitar, amp, and picks. I also provide the music stand and metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Various method books published by Musicians Institute press, Alfred and Hal leonard and cherry lane. Fluent in ALL styles - Rock, Pop, Country, Funk, R&B, and heavy metal etc etc. Also very fluent in sight reading, Theory and how it applies to the students prospective instrument as well as Ear Training
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Joe B. June 2, 2018
· Guitar · In home
First lesson so far so good.
View Details
View Profile
Art S.

Art S.

Media, PA 19063
(1)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

About Dominic S.

Close
Profile_44360_pi_308057_288350561267015_1773560590_n
Coatesville, PA
View Full Profile
About Dominic
Music Lessons should be fun! I have been playing music all my life. I share my love of music with my students and tailor each lesson to their specific needs. I also teach music composition. If you ever had that idea for a song, I'll teach you how to develop it.
...
Reviews
Thumb_109391_pi_IMG_1837
Kim K. August 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dominic is a fantastic teacher. He makes the lesson so enjoyable, that I don't want it to end. It is the fastest hour of my life. He's extremely talented & professional but still personable all at the same time.
Silhouette-80
Joanne F. February 17, 2015
· Organ · In home
Very helpful; took time to find out where I am and what I need. Lessons are immediately applicable to Sunday work. He has "patient ears".
View Details
View Profile
Dominic S.

Dominic S.

Coatesville, PA 19320
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Shanita J.

Close
Profile_85224_pi_77659_pi_shanita%20cali11
Philadelphia, PA
View Full Profile
About Shanita
I began singing at very young age and have never stopped : ) I began teaching music and voice while in college and have been doing so ever since! I'm classically-trained in voice and have a versatile sound and style. I help my students to find their voice and bring it out to the people who are waiting to hear it! We always have fun through learning. I incorporate the basic fundamentals of music theory into my classes as well. I believe it's important and fun!

Broad rhythmic and metric range
Intervals
Notation
Song building

And did I mention Artist Development!!!! Yes, after about the 6th lesson you'll be ready for live performances with a newly improved way of approaching the song in you : )
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Shakila March 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I've had a few lessons with Shanita and I've loved each one of them. She really fun to work with and her tips and input are always helpful.
Thumb_113317_pi_tlnow_59d4398a6613e
Shamieka R. December 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
Shanita is an excellent vocalist. She takes time to ensure you’re both understanding and singing the right notes. She’s also a very kind person. You definitely feel you got more than what you paid for at the end of each lesson.
Silhouette-80
Joe May 26, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Shanita is a great teacher! Very knowledgeable, professional, and patient with a novice singer like myself. She also has a great personality and makes the lessons not only informative but fun! Outstanding!
View Details
View Profile
Shanita J.

Shanita J.

Philadelphia, PA 19122
(14)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Elisabeth S.

Close
Profile_87585_pi_11903991_3268489639352_548417703084556725_n
Philadelphia, PA
View Full Profile
About Elisabeth
Hi! I am a graduate of Temple University's Boyer College of Music, where I earned a degree in Music Theory. Violin and tuba are my primary instruments. I originally began my studies at Boyer in the Music Education department, and through my time there I have a lot of experience teaching music, especially to kids. I have taught high school marching bands for the past five years, most recently as hornline tech for Ridley High School's marching band in the 2017 season.

I marched contra (tuba) in the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps from 2011-2013. During my time at Temple I participated in the Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Diamond Marching Band, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, and multiple chamber groups. Musical groups with which I am currently involved include Port Arthur, Iris Freeheart, and Polkadelphia, and I have recorded as a studio musi
cian for The Dull Blue Lights (formerly The Snails), No Thank You, Thin Lips, Chet Williams, and others.

I have also been studying German since a very young age and studied abroad in Germany in college. I earned a minor in German and am a member of the national German honor society, Delta Phi Alpha.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Steven January 30, 2018
· Violin · Online
She answered all my questions quickly. She prompted me to play my first song!
Silhouette-80
Franco October 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
Outstanding instructor, professionally gifted, helpful, patient and personable. I was fortunate to have found Elisabeth to teach my 9 year old son how to play the violin. Her teaching style was a perfect match for him and she was able to keep him motivated to play and improve and also achieve his goal of making the junior orchestra for his school.
Thumb_82860_pi_20150925_175337
Emily S. December 1, 2015
· Violin · In home
Elisabeth is patient and explains her suggestions for better playing techniques clearly and well.
She is knowledgeable and easy going so lesson didn't feel tense or uncomfortable.
View Details
View Profile
Elisabeth S.

Elisabeth S.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Tyreese P.

Close
Profile_118833_pi_IMG_0086%20%287%29
Dover, DE
View Full Profile
About Tyreese
Hello my name is Tyreese. I'm a professional flautist located in Dover, Delaware. I've played the flute for about 20 years. I hold a degree in Music Performance from Delaware State University. I've participated in various ensembles such as marching band, concert band, pep band, wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz band, etc... As your instructor, I will be able to transform you into a well-rounded musician. Practice is the key. I strive for excellence! My philosophy of music is, "Enhancing the minds of students through music". Let's make music! Are you ready???

I teach online and in-home lessons to students. I create an encouraging, fun, and focused lesson atmosphere. I assess a student’s readiness and ability. I teach weekly flute lessons as well as other woodwind instruments to students of all ages and ability levels (especially beginning
and intermediate levels)  I'm flexible with my schedule academic school year and summer months. I also teach all ranges of styles and repertoire
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Nox Ntuli February 26, 2018
· Flute · Online
The teacher was wonderful. But the platforms connection was poor. Really enjoyed the lesson.
Thumb_107046_pi_KathyInPurpleDress2007_pp_pp
Kathleen D. January 18, 2018
· Flute · Online
Today was a really good lesson. I am really getting into it. I thank You from the bottom of my heart.
Kathleen
Thumb_119209_pi_3723F6F1-00B7-4953-8ACE-00F97C91A58A
Bebe B. January 16, 2018
· Flute · Online
Tyreese is a great instructor. He understands what my needs are as a beginner, As an older adult I am learning how to study all over again. Tyreese is patient and giving me the confidence to be great at playing my flute. One of my many dream goals is learning the flute. You’re never to old to learn new things!
View Details
View Profile
Tyreese P.

Tyreese P.

Dover, DE 19904
(13)
starting at
$40 / 45-min

About Tom C.

Close
Profile_131998_pi_Untitled
Broomall, PA
View Full Profile
About Tom
Hello everyone, I'm Tom.

I have always loved teaching people things that I enjoy, sharing my experience with others, and helping people realize their own potential.

I am a musician, a martial artist, and a general IT guru.

Music and martial arts runs in my family, and I was raised around them from a very young age.

As a child, I was always fascinated with computers, and had to know everything I could about them.

My teaching style is a bit unorthodox, focusing more on philosophy and personal introspection than traditional "memorize and practice" methods, and is very mind, body, and spirit oriented.

Feel free to ask me questions for more information.

I look forward to hearing from you.
...
View Details
View Profile
Tom C.

Tom C.

Broomall, PA 19008
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Sophie C.

Close
Profile_103542_pi_happy
Philadelphia, PA

View Full Profile
About Sophie
Sophie has been teaching piano lessons both privately and in a group setting since the summer of 2009. She is available to teach you either online, or at your home.

Sophie received her Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Composition from the Manhattan School of Music in 2012, with a minor in Piano. Sophie is currently pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter.

Sophie looks forward to helping you reach your musical goals and understands that the approach to teaching is different for every student. With her classical background as well as jazz influences, Sophie looks forward to working hard with you while having fun. Some lesson topics might include: learning how to play a song YOU love, learning fun chord progressions, and understanding how to get better at playing piano.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Jake July 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
I took piano lessons for a few months with Sophie. She was great! I progressed from not knowing much at all to being able to play full songs confidently
Silhouette-80
Dan July 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sophie is an experienced musician and educator with a lot to offer her students. She's an active performer in the Philly area and has international credibility. Highly recommended for students of all ages and interests!
View Details
View Profile
Sophie C.

Sophie C.

Philadelphia, PA 19146
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About James B.

Close
Profile_130650_pi_jim-in-studio
Earleville, MD

View Full Profile
About James
I first studied guitar from Chuck Anderson a previous student of renown teacher Dennis Sandole. After two years with Anderson I began music studies with Sandole which lasted five years. I had no traditional schooling from a university in music, but instead believe private study with the best teacher was the path for me. I continued to gig, play all genres of music while maintaining my music studies. I decided in the late 1989 that moving to New York, although a desire, would never happen. And, with the decline of jazz-fusion and lack of jazz venues in my geographic area I knew my dream of making a living from jazz music was all but over. But this did not diminish my passion for playing and composing avant garde jazz-fusion music.

In the mid-nineties I met jazz guitarist and composer Steve Giordano. Steve had a completely different a
pproach to teaching and learning guitar then any of my previous teachers. This began three years of music study and friendship with Steve. After my time with Giordano I built a 1000 sq. ft. recording studio in the basement of my home and opened Genesis Recording Studio in 2001.

The early 2000’s put me on an entirely new learning curve; I study recording, mixing, and mastering. By 2010 with the advances in digital recording technology musicians / bands began making demo recordings from small computer based home studios. Many small pro-recording studios closed during this time including my own.

In summer of 2010 I was looking over Pat Metheny’s website and noticed he named the top four guitarists in NYC, in his opinion. Subsequent to reviewing each guitarist’s website and music I found Rez Abbasi’s playing and music too interesting and enticing to forget. I emailed Rez about studying jazz composition with him and now in 2018 I’m still going up to NYC few times a year to study composition and guitar.

Being exposed to musicians at the level of Rez Abbasi, Sandole, and Giordano continues to nourish my musical life. I now know what it takes to master the guitar and be successful. It is this knowledge and love of creating music which has become my life's journey.
...
View Details
View Profile
James B.

James B.

Earleville, MD 21919
starting at
$42 / 30-min

Recent Music Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music articles on our blog.

3 Steps for Reigniting Your Child’s Interest in Piano Learning

3 Steps for Reigniting Your Child’s Interest in Piano Learning

Is your once-enthused child suddenly losing interest in the piano? Read on as Oakland Gardens, NY teacher Ophelia T. shares three steps to take before it's too late...    “I don’t want to learn piano anymore! It’s boring! I always have to practice the same thing over and over again! I’m sick and tired of it!” an 11-year-old boy shouts to his parents. This is a common case scenario for many parents and children who have taken piano lessons, and it can be due to several reasons. … Read More

3 Steps for Reigniting Your Child’s Interest in Piano Learning
Is your once-enthused child suddenly losing interest in the piano? Read on as Oakland Gardens, NY teacher Ophelia T. shares three steps to take before it's too late...    “I don’t want to learn piano anymore! It’s boring! I always have to practice the same thing over and over again! I’m sick and tired of it!” an 11-year-old boy shouts to his parents. This is a common case scenario for many parents and children who have taken piano lessons, and it can be due to several reasons.
How to Find the Lyrics and Chords for Your Favorite Songs
When you're learning to play an instrument, sometimes it's tough to get motivated to practice - especially if you’re playing songs and exercises that don’t really excite you. When you start playing your favorite songs, though, you might find yourself able to get into your music a bit more. There are many ways to find the lyrics and chords to your favorite songs, but not all of them are simple, and sometimes you might end up more frustrated trying to track down lyrics or chords than you would be
How To Write a Song Today: 4 Easy Steps
Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. 4. Place
30 Romantic Songs to Sing at Weddings
As a wedding singer, choosing a song that represents the couple and their love story can feel like a lot of pressure! You might already know how fun (and let’s face it: lucrative) it can be to offer wedding gigs. Sometimes, the happy couple knows exactly what they want as far as the song goes. But often, they are certainly open to suggestions from the professional! As you're working with the bride and groom, here are some ideas for choosing the perfect songs to sing.   30 Songs t
5 Stereotypes Lead Singers Face (& How to Overcome Them)
Do you sing with a band? If so, you may have been wrongfully accused of one of the many stereotypes lead singers face -- even if you're always on your best behavior! Here, St. Augustine, FL voice teacher Heather L. shares her tips for proving them wrong...   I'm the lead singer -- uh, make that the only singer -- of two bands, an acoustic duo and a guitar/drum/piano/mandolin group. And as much fun as I have in each rehearsal, and as well as I get along with my bandmates, being a lead

Get Started with Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More