Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Florence
James has been a real inspiration to me in playing the piano. I had been playing the piano over 30 years when I started lessons with him. He has
helped me to become more expressive, to create medleys and arrangements, and to modulate to other keys and key signatures. I have gained more of an appreciation for different musical styles and have progressed further than I ever imagined. I highly recommend him as a patient and knowledgeable teacher."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Francesca
"Ken W. is an awesome teacher, my daughter loves her lessons with Ken, he is very patient kind and makes my daughter feel very comfortable. He also is very
positive inspiring. I plan on keeping Ken as my daughters instructor for a very very long time"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Conahey
"Great teacher for our 8 year old!
Matt has taught our 8 yr old for about 8 months and he has learned so much! Though our son is a bit shy, Matt has been
very patient, positive, and makes his lessons fun. He lets him know it's ok to make mistakes too which is very comforting to him. He is now able to play with his older brother who plays guitar. Matt worked with them together to teach them a song for their school variety show and they are so excited! He is friendly, always on time, and very passionate about teaching. He explains things clearly and gives him a few beats to work on before the next lesson. He loves drumming now:) We highly recommend him."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Hannah
"I am taking adult piano lessons; I used to play before, but it's been over a decade since I've played. Anna is a great teacher. She makes sure you have a
good foundation before proceeding any further - she doesn't rush the process. Anna is also very funny, and learning with her has been a lot of fun. She mixes in music theory when necessary, to help guide your learning and to build your foundation. We have 1 hour lessons but it always feels like such a short time!
Anna is also great with scheduling - she is always on time and she is very responsive when I need to contact her. Do not hesitate to sign up with Anna. I read all of her reviews before signing up, and I was not disappointed."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Ted
"Everything has been great so far!
Very happy with everything. A great experience with the site and the teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Laurinia
"Teresa teaches my 6 yrs. old piano. She is very patient and flexible. She is able to tailor to his needs adjusting if he needs more review and advancing w
hen he is ready. He has made great progress with Teresa and he is learning the love of music! What more can a mother ask for??
Thank You Teresa!!!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Henry
"Emily relates very well with my 15 year old daughter (student). Emily is enthusiastic, patient, and displays a good sense of humor. You never feel that sh
e is rushing the lesson. Instead she is committed to the teaching process. My daughter looks forward to her lessons. We consider Emily a keeper."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Greg
"I am about to have my fourth session with Susan and i'm looking forward to it. Susan is wonderful. I'm a guitar player in a band and have never tried sing
ing outside the car, and she has been extremely helpful and encouraging. Susan provides a great mix of techniques that I never would have guessed would be helpful, but they are! Susan has quickly give me the training and confidence that will allow me to sing in my band very soon. She is not a clock watcher and she gives you 100% of her attention and dedication. I absolutely would recommend Susan to anyone. I wish I hadn't waited so long."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by iris
"Hi My name is Iris and my son learns the drums with Carmen. My son has been learning with Carmen for 7 years (since he was 6 years old) and he enjoys ev
ery moment with her. She is a gentle teacher and always has patience for young children. She is very talented and her drumming skills are amazing. Also, she always listens to her students choice of music, because she knows every type. While teaching her students the song of their choice, she goes over every detail and part of the song, to ensure that they have had the best learning experience. I can tell my son has learned a lot from Carmen, because when he tried out for his school band, he got in and they were very impressed with his drumming skills. Carmen is the best music teacher, that I have seen teaching in a long time.
Detroit has been home to some of the biggest names in music, covering every genre imaginable. From Aretha Franklin singing in her father’s church, to Diana Ross becoming one of Motown’s biggest successes, to Madonna born and raised in Michigan and to Eminem’s hip hop legacy, Detroit boasts musicians that will be remembered throughout history.
Detroit is a music town, and if you’re into music, you know that learning from experienced musicians can boost your path to proficiency no matter what your instrument. With the venues and musical acts that abound in the city, if you’re looking for Detroit music lessons, you’ve got a wide and varied range of talented musicians to learn from. And TakeLessons is here to help you find a talented instructor near you!
We follow a rigorous certification process to find teachers who are professional and passionate about music education. Our Detroit music instructors teach piano, singing, violin, cello, bass and many more subjects. We also have professionals who teach music theory to help those aspiring songwriters.
We are passionate about helping you fulfill your musical goals, no matter what they are. We welcome all ages and all talent levels and customize the lessons specifically for you. Whether you’re a beginner ready to jump in, or an experienced musician just brushing up, we can find a teacher in the area to help you meet your goals.
We have music instructors in Detroit, as well as nearby in Grosse Pointe, Utica, Plymouth and Waterford. To get started at TakeLessons, simply select your location and browse our roster to find a great teacher near you. Our student counselors will help with the initial correspondence and details, making the process easy and efficient. You'll also have access to your personal online account to track payments and schedules, along with lesson journals and other resources. Start your journey to finding the right Detroit music teacher today!
I have been singing and playing piano all of my life. I took my first music lesson I was just three years old I never looked back! After high school I earned my Bachelor of Music Performance and my Master of Music. I attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. It was in Louisiana where I began my teaching career, about fifteen years ago.
After returning to Michigan, I began teaching K-12 music in both public and private school settings. I currently maintain a private studio in addition to teaching voice part-time at two of l
*** Lesson Details *** I emphasize a standard classical approach. I thrive on good, solid technique. This will enable students to master any type of music they wish to study.
Students begin with basic music theory. This is essential for anyone taking a music lesson. Piano students are ages 5 and up.
Once a student has a good foundation, the sky is the limit. These principles can be applied to any genre of music; classical, sacred, pop, rock, the choice is yours! Every student is different and has different goals. We will work together to make sure that you can achieve them and excel!
*** Specialties *** Everything!!
Danielle O. June 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Tuesday works with my daughter very well! Tuesday's patience is never ending which is always a good trait to have when teaching younger students. Thank you Tuesday!
GildaB September 27, 2011
I am very please with the lessons. Thank you.
EkaterinaL March 21, 2011
Tuesday is a great teacher - flexible in her style by working with one's learning needs. She sets challenges that help to explore your potential.Tuesday is a very attentive teacher, patient and assuring.
I can benefit you as a student with my experience and great attitude. My general teaching philosophy is to get the students to set goals for themselves and together, work towards those goals. I emphasize the importance of music theory, technique and aural skills. If you would like to know more about my personal experience, keep reading my biography below!
I have a Music degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in jazz studies, where I focused on performance and writing; including composition, arranging and orchestration. I have several years ex
perience in performance, studio work and teaching. I participate in the American Guild of Music, and Studio Recitals. I have been teaching guitar and bass since 2002.
I am currently a staff bassist at a catholic church in Rochester Hills, MI. I toured with Ugly Radio Rebellion and Ike Willis (of Frank Zappa) for several years. I play in several pop, rock and jazz combos. Most of them playing in fine area restaurants and venues. I have played large festivals, such as Rothbury festival in Michigan, and have open shows for several prominent rock artists. At Wayne State University, I earned a position in the Lab 1 big band playing upright bass, which is the highest ensemble position, and got to play with several great jazz faculty and guest artists through WSU programs. I have played in several musicals and theatric shows, and am a freelance bassist, with good sight reading ability.
*** Lesson Details *** My lesson curriculum is basically tailored to each student individually. I like to focus on the goals and needs of each student. I think structure is a very important part of playing any instrument, and like to use method books for theory and technique. I also like to keep students motivated by learning and playing songs that the student wants to know. I believe any student can do well in a program like this, in a relatively short time, especially with good practice!
*** Studio Equipment *** Amplifier and cables. All Lesson Curriculum. Stereo and computer for lesson aides. Upright Bass that can be used for lessons at Royal Oak location.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Music Theory, Ear training, and Sight Reading. I also specialize in Jazz, pop, rock, and fingerstyle.
QinB September 4, 2011
John G. is a five star instructor in every aspect.
DanK1 August 25, 2011
John is not only a talented musician but a terrific teacher as well. So far, he has taught me the way I want/need to be taught.
NileshS December 28, 2010
John is just perfect for us. Our son needed a teacher who can talk to his age and be patient and adjust speed of teaching for a 8 yr old. Our son looks forward to the weekly class.
My name is Erin, and I'm a professional brass instrumentalist and singer who has been gigging and teaching lessons in Metro Detroit for more than ten years.
Jessica B. December 18, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Malachi's Vocal Coaching
I took my son to Erin when he expressed an interest in singing. She was knowledgable, courteous and extremely hospitable. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to learn more about the ins and outs of the music world!
Qudsia L. April 18, 2013
Singing Verified Student
A great teacher
I've recently started taking classes with Erin. She's a wonderful teacher who knows her trade. She is very patient, encouraging, and accommodating. Since I'm a complete novice, it's really good to have a professional guiding the way.
NancyN1 May 26, 2012
Hi Erin,Dayna has been practicing every day, mostly that song from Guys and Dolls.She has played the piano a few times also.She aced the band concert, on the clarinet.She likes you and seems to be gaining confidence in her voice.
I teach all styles of guitar, as I have been in many different types of music situations: Soloist (Classical) Ensemble (Classical and Jazz) Lead and Rhythm (Various Rock and Roll bands) Songwriting and Recording. I am a people person that learned the guitar from many different sources. Most of my learning came from watching others and communicating with others. I like to learn about the people I am teaching so that I can better understand their needs as a musician. My education came as a practical necessity in order to get better as a teacher and performer, as well as make a living doing it. B
ut, by no means do I preach the need to be "educated" but only to be a working, practical musician. I will surely go over the need to read music once the need becomes evident, enlighten you as to why it may be important to understand certain aspects of music as opposed to just "picking and grinning", IE learning only "By Ear." I do specialize in music theory, and have many students taking lessons simply for this excellent foundation for songwriting also.
I am a classically trained guitarist that performs both as a soloist and for ensemble in a wide variety of styles. I graduated in 1996 from Schoolcraft College with an Associates degree in Music performance, and then, studying under the tutelage of Brian Roberts went on to receive my Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance with a secondary in Jazz from Wayne State University in 2004. While at Wayne State and along the way I've performed and participated in several masterclasses with renowned artists: William Kanengiser, John Holmquest, Philip Candelaria, Jason Vieaux, Scott Tennant, and Antigoni Goni. I have also completed the teacher requirements for books 1-a and 1-b for the Suzuki Guitar Institute.
Many of my classical guitar and electric guitar students have went on to study further at the collegiate level, some achieving scholarships. My most recent students are current Berklee school of music graduates now in a band called "Flight of Fire", recently opened for Bonjovi this past summer and are getting air time on local radio stations... well on their way to living the dream! â¦the bulk of my students become full time professional musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** I am an extremely patient person who has been teaching for over 20 years. I am laid back so there will be no pressure. With my electric and steel string guitar students, I host a special "Jam Session" 2 - 3 times a year to which will be one of your goals to participate in. This includes playing with a drummer, bassist, singer and another guitar player (usually me) and having it recorded. This should serve as your motivation to practice. This really eliminates the need for me to pull out a "yardstick" and "smack" your hands over the knuckles when not practicing your scales as many old traditional teachers may have done!
At your first lesson I will talk with you and give you examples of music that is played with a Flat-Pick, or music that uses the Finger-Style technique. This will be an important process as it will dictate which direction you will go in as a musician and especially during our lessons.
For the most part, playing with a Flat-Pick is generally used with the electric guitar and with most mainstream styles of music like "Rock and Roll", "Blues", "Rock-a-Billy" "Funk", and playing with the Finger-Style technique is used in styles like "Classical" and "Folk." After a while, I will introduce you to the other style of playing as well, as most great guitar players use both techniques in their playing...musicians (guitarists) such as: âJimmy Pageâ, âBrian Setzerâ, âStevie Ray Vaughanâ, âJoe Satrianiâ, âLindsey Buckinghamâ, âPaul McCartneyâ, âJohn Mayerâ, and many, many more.
To make learning the guitar Fun, I make sure to incorporate your main interest(s) first. Whether it be learning your new favorite song(s), learning how to write a song, or just learning some basics that you can use for when sitting around the campfire. This will be intertwined with which style you choose to start with: Flat-Pick or Finger-Style.
Pending on the level that you are starting at, (beginner, intermediate, advanced) I will include tidbits of music theory that will be used in a consistent manner. These will usually be progressive, pending on your level. For example, the songs you learn will be written out in an easy to understand chart that will have the fundamental aspects of theory (IE, chords, key, and rhythm pattern) that all musicians should understand.
With Children learning with a Flat-Pick, I encourage the use of a basic guitar instruction book. Level One (beginners) :
"Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book One" by Will Schmid.
I will also use as a substitute for Level One: "Alfred's Basic Guitar Method" by Alfred's Publishing Co.
More advanced players who can read music already (and graduates from book one) I prefer; "Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book Two"
With Adults, I will ask if learning to read music interests you. It is a vital part of a practicing musician, but sometimes your needs may require a more one dimensional approach as time may be of essence. Again, I learned by ear and educated myself later...so I understand the person who wants to hold off on reading right away.
Students who want to learn the Classical (Finger-Style) approach will be encouraged to purchase a beginners book that I use written by one of my first instructors/mentor. It is a very intuitive book that covers the technique in great detail yet is very easy to understand (along with my help.) I will provide means of acquiring this book at your first lesson.
Students who want to learn the Folk (Finger-Style) approach will usually start in the above book, unless your an adult who just wants to learn some basics.
At your first lesson I will also provide you with documentation that goes more in depth about the various styles of guitar as the above info is scaled down.
*** Studio Equipment *** -Amps
-Guitars (Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass)
- PA (loud speakers so you can Turn it Up! When playing along)
-Band in a Box (to play along with real prerecorded instruments seamlessly interleaved into a band type setting with almost unlimited genre choices...very impressive technology)
- Pro Tools (recording gear for all needs)
- Guitar Pro and Finale (to transpose music into sheet music)
-Skype (for out of town interactivity. Can do lessons via Skype)
-Basement with plenty of seating for parents, and or observers.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Acoustic Guitar; Improvisation, Songwriting, Backup Vocals, Fretboard Harmony, Music Theory, Performance, and Recording.
Wissam Charafeddine July 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great lesson. Can't be better. Marc is very patient and encouraging.
MIKE ANTHONY June 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
An outstanding instructor. So glad I chose to work with Marc
Marc G. May 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am in my 40's and just starting to learn to play. Marc has been the best. He can easily break down the lessons in language that I can understand and he is incredibly patient. He makes it so that I am learning techniques when I don't even know that I am. I cannot say enough great things about Marc. If you are looking for a guitar teacher, this is the guy you want to come too.
I have been making music and teaching music for over 30 years. I have a PhD. in Music Composition from Michigan State University and played Trumpet with the Macomb Symphony Orchestra for 7 years.
I have worked as a music director in churches for over 25 years helping volunteers achieve their musical potential. I have a passion for helping people succeed on their chosen instrument and would love to have the opportunity to help you reach your goals.
Each person is unique, so I will work to develop a plan for musical growth that works for you. At the same time there are fundamental conce
pts and skills that all musicians must master. So I will guide you to know what is essential to your instrument and musical goals.
Russ W. June 23, 2015
I am a 46 year old man and I have always wanted to play the guitar, so I finally bought a guitar last year. I had tried to teach myself by using a lesson book from the guitar store, then I tried to learn from an instructor on-line. I became frustrated with both attempts, finding I was not understanding what the book and the on-line instructor was trying to teach. I also tried another instructor, but became quickly discouraged by his teaching methods and even stopped playing for about 6 months. When I started taking lessons from Jerry, I actually got excited to play again. I only have a small amount of time to practice so my progress has been very slow, but Jerry has always been patient and encouraging. I had learned more from Jerry in the first few lessons than I had in all of the other methods combined. I started with Jerry really believing that I was physically unable to finger the strings on my guitar, but Jerry took the time to see what I was doing wrong and gave me help on how to correct the issues.
Jimmy B. February 10, 2015
Music Theory ·
I was blessed with an opportunity to take the course "Elements of Music" through the Worship Arts Conservatory. Jerry was the instructor. While I have zero technical knowledge of music I do have a passion for singing but was at a big disadvantage not knowing how to read music. I sing in the choir at our church and also sing on the praise team and his expertise in helping others to understand and successfully dissect written music has helped me acquire the necessary skills to take my passion to the next level. Jerry is a wonderful teacher who truly has an honest passion for music and an equal passion for helping others with their passion for music as well.
Barb P. January 10, 2015
Music Theory ·
I took a Worship Ministries course with Jerry which covered music theory, playing and leading Contemporary Christian Music, and some basic techniques on keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums. Jerry is an encourager--he brings out the best in his students and helps them to reach their full potential as a musician. He is knowledgeable, accomplished and patient--an ideal teacher.
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