Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Delphine
"Melody works with me both on songwriting and singing. She is a dynamic instructor and really cares about each student. Melody works to build confidence
of the student so that they can do with their music / singing what they dream of doing. I highly recommend Melody."
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"I started taking voice lessons from Jamie kind of on a whim- I had always wanted to learn to sing but I was nervous and kind of shy about it. Right away
Jamie made me feel comfortable. He is very encouraging and gives criticism in a positive way. It is obvious that he really loves music and is knowledgeable about many different genres. I love that he focuses on theory and technique- as a beginner these are the lessons that I was looking for. After five lessons I already hear a big difference in my range and my vocal strength as well as my confidence, and I am sure that as I progress he will continue to challenge me. I highly recommend him."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Billie Jo
"Learned a lot from Amber
I am a 37 year old who started taking lessons January 2014 and I must say Amber is wonderful. Amber is patient, reliable, and ea
sy going. I must say it has been a WONDERFUL 4 months so far and I hope many more to come. She is a GREAT teacher. I never had luck in school with music but I must say she is helping it all to come together easily for me."
Harrisburg, PA teacher:
Review by Kelly
"Ben was fabulous! He taught me music I wanted to play at a speed that fit for me and simplified harder songs for a beginner like me to still be able to pl
ay a song I loved! Great teacher and picks up on your strengths and weakness. I would highly recommended him as a teacher! He's also funny and would make lesson's enjoyable! He was friendly to my dog and birds as well :)"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Anne
"Voice lessons with Shelly Cohen are terrific!
My son, Ray, has a beautiful voice but he is really shy. He started taking lessons with Shelly Cohen and wa
s able to audition not only for the school musical but also for a solo in chorus. She was so encouraging and positve. He loves singing now and does vocal exercises all over the house! He made both the musical and he has a solo! Thank you, Shelly!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"I have been extremely fortunate to work with Joe over the past few years. On top of being one of the best people I have ever met in my life, he is also o
ne of the best musicians I have ever met. Although his musical forte is drums, his knowledge of other instruments contributes to provide an extremely well-rounded instructional approach.
Patient, versatile, and encouraging!
Go with Joe!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jocelynn
"When i first started working with Varin I was a bit nervous, but he helped to make me feel more comfortable with projecting me sound. I worked with him fo
r about a year while I was in a performing class and each performance i had my teacher noticed a significant amount of improvement in my sound, and deliverance. Even now I practice the same techniques he taught and i can notice more improvements in my sound. He was always well prepared and very professional. I cant wait to work with him again soon(:"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by j
"Anna is very patient and detail oriented. Her dedication, passion, and enthusiasm towards teaching is inspiring. I feel blessed to have her as my violin i
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Ben
"I really enjoy Athan's approach to teaching. He changed my life musically!!!"
Hi, everyone -- Whether you want to be a professional singer, audition for your school musical, NYSSMA, All-State chorus, college and conservatory, or whether you just want to have fun and hit those high notes in the shower, I would love to teach you. Your voice deserves to be heard!
I'm a classically trained soprano with undergraduate and master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music and Brown University. I've been teaching privately for seven years. I've sung leading roles with the Caramoor Music Festival, Glimmerglass Opera and the Aspen Music Festival. I st
udied voice with Uta Graf at the Manhattan School of Music and then privately with Amy Zorn of the Westminster Choir College.
My classical background gives me a sound grounding in vocal technique, but I love and teach music of all styles. My students include successful professional opera singers, rock and Broadway-style singers, teenagers singing in their school musicals and All-State chorus, as well as adults up to the age of 76 who are taking voice for the love of singing, the fun of the challenge and so they can sound great on karaoke night.
Whatever your interests and goals, I would love to help you reach them. I'm patient, kind and love to teach. I want to help you find your voice.
*** Lesson Details *** My ultimate, overarching goal as a teacher is always to help my students express through singing what is inside themselves. I don't care whether your voice is professional quality or whether it's even "good" in the conventional sense. It's your voice. It's special. It has its own sound and characteristics. And it's how you can express yourself in sound. I want to help everyone find their strongest, most honest voice.
I tailor my lessons to each singer's particular interests, goals and challenges. Some students require and thrive with a highly technical, focused approach. Some students need to free up, which requires a more "macro" approach. Some students thrive with a fluid approach: sometimes technical, sometimes artistic, sometimes emotional.
I think the aspect of teaching that I enjoy most of all is working with the student to find repertoire that really suits the singer. I love discovering new music and introducing students to great music that they might not know yet.
*** Specialties *** Although my training and performance experience is classical, I adore teaching any style of music. For advanced classical singers I have a great depth of experience and wide knowledge of oratorio, opera, German lied and French, English and American art songs. I have a very specialized background in baroque and classical ornamentation.
Cleo D. August 18, 2014
Nancy is awesome! I'm so happy I have this opportunity to tell everyone what a really great person and teacher she is. She's really demanding (but in a nice way) and knows her stuff technically, but she's also really encouraging and kind and I feel like she "gets" her students.
I'm going into my junior year at Cornell where I'm studying pre-med, and believe it or not I really feel like voice lessons with Nancy helped me get here. I love singing, but never had much confidence. I started taking lessons with Nancy my senior year in high school and she helped me sing so much better than I ever thought i could. She was really supportive of my song-writing too. I ended up getting a good part in the school musical (I went to a super competitive high school too) and performing my own songs at a couple of local venues.
Then as part of my college applications she suggested that I include a recording of me performing some French art songs by Claude Debussy. Not that I was a classical singer or was even going to study music seriously in college, but my family is French and I really like the poetry of Paul Verlaine. Nancy introduced me to some cool Debussy settings of Verlaine poems. I thought the songs would be way too hard for me, but with Nancy's help I actually sang them really well and did a good recording that I think helped set me apart in my college applications.
Now when I come back home I always have a few lessons with Nancy. (I still compose and perform my own songs) And don't tell anyone, but she's a lot better than any of the voice teachers at Cornell! Not naming names of course.
amal M. July 26, 2014
I have been taking singing lessons from Nancy for about 3 months now.
Nancy's approach to teaching is very different. She does not try to fit you in a syllabus. She patiently understands what areas you need to focus on singing and where you are in singing and works with you towards achieving your singing goals.
with Me, I am OK in identifying pitch, but had trouble calming my nerves, and that came in the way of singing my high range notes.
Nancy helped Me on this area. She always spends time in making me relax with breathing exercises before singing. I cant believe how much progress i have made in three months.
would definitely recommend for any body who is at any level of singing and would like to sing better
Chrissy C. February 5, 2014
Excellent Voice Teacher
My teenage daughter has been taking voice lessons with Nancy for over a year. We have seen such great improvement in her technique as well as in her confidence. Nancy is very patient and provides constructive feedback which has enabled my daughter to grow vocally. I am so pleased with Nancy as a voice instructor that I now have my other daughter beginning vocal lessons with her.
I am a certified music therapist (MT-BC); vocal instructor (BS in Classical Voice); certified yoga instructor (200+); certified and attuned Reiki master; professional freelance editor; meditation guide. I am a person who finds joy in a variety of places, and I truly love what I do.
Music therapy has afforded me a great deal of experience working with children, teens, and adults with special needs including, autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, emotional disturbances and developmental delays.
As a voice teacher, I want to help my students settle comfortably into their own musicality
by showing them the building blocks of a solid technique, drawing particularly from the things that helped me grow as a vocalist. I want my students to feel strong in their body, comfortable and relaxed in their breath, and confident in their performance.
I have worked professionally as an editor of scholarly writing on both the college and post-college level, as well as a professional editor of multiple dissertations, and other publications. Being a creative person, I find language to be a wonderful way to express thoughts and emotions as well as communicate deeply with others.
As a certified yoga instructor, I teach in many locations throughout Westchester. I was trained at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, New York with Betsy Kase, and earned a 200-hour certificate in Asana, Pranayama, and Meditation. I offer private yoga instruction and meditation at my home studio. My studio comes fully equipped with all yoga props, aromatherapy, and music. Hands-on-assists and personalized classes offered to deepen your experience.
It is a joy to offer Reiki to curious, open clients in need of energy healing. Reiki is a noninvasive energy healing technique totally separate of any religious affiliation and available to anyone. It is a difficult to describe the relaxing, soothing, and deep-healing effects of Reiki to someone who has never experienced. I recommend a trial for those curious with, as you know, a money-back guarantee!
*Note: If you don't see a time slot that is suitable to your needs but would like to try a session or lesson with me, feel free to register for the Flex Plan, and we will work out week-to-week times!!**
**Note: In-home services are available for those with difficulty leaving the home. This is particularly valuable for music therapy and yoga clients.
Gillian B. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
My son loves working with Jillian. He has never been exposed to singing before but wanted to give it a try and so far he is enjoying it.
Eugene P. February 14, 2013
Jillian's really smart and nice
I started taking lessons with Jillian around when i started high school a couple years ago. I play french horn in school, and I'm considering studying music in college, so I definitely needed to know more music theory. I play guitar too, so we started studying songwriting, too, so that I can write some songs with my band. Jillian's so nice, and really smart, so she makes it really easy to learn! I really like classes with her.
Bridget M. February 12, 2013
One of the best teachers I have ever had
I am a 15 years old and have been taking lessons with Jillian for about a year and a half. I started out as a beginner and she was so patient with me and encouraged me continuously so that I can feel confident in myself. She also made the experience so much fun, while other teachers I've had made it stressful. She is also so knowledgable and talented but never made me feel bad that i wasnt at her level. Jillian is also cares about all her students and their progress. I cant recommend her enough to everyone who wants to learn!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to inquire about studying music with me.
Music and studying music has always been a passionate experience for me. I have been so blessed with the teachers and fellow musicians in my life. You should realize that your study of music may start with me, but it will last your entire lifetime. I hope that all of your life you will have a rewarding relationship to music and the spirit of great sounds!
I have performed in great jazz clubs in New York, on Broadway, and performing arts centers across the country. I'm currently playing in many great p
erforming ensembles. I have put out two CD's as a leader and played on multiple CD's for other artists.
It has been my pleasure to teach privately, as well as in the classroom for 15 years. I enjoy performing many different types of music. I pride myself on being very open minded in terms of musical taste. Never apologize for liking what you like! I bet there is something in that music which is great. I can't wait to learn something from the music you introduce to me.
I be glad to provide a full resume to anyone who requests it.
*** Lesson Details ***
My most important goal for each student is that they get to where they want to be musically.
I want the student to be able to play the way he or she wants to play. If you want to learn to play one song, that is great! If you want to learn to play one classical etude that is just as great! If you want to learn how to play in a salsa band, bravo! I treat the desires of my students as my curriculum. Each student will receive special prep time from me each week. I pride myself in taking the time and energy to prepare for each meeting. Every time you complete a lesson, it is my hope that you are walking away as a better musician.
In the beginning I hope to find what will musically interests you the most. Usually, you might have a goal that requires you to play on a higher level than you do presently. If that is true, we might take some time to figure out a road map to get you to that place. Along the way, I'm sure you and I will learn many new concepts and techniques that aid you in becoming the bassist/musician you want to be.
And rest assured, the teacher always learns from the student...this is the best part of teaching: learning from the student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio: 3 electric basses, plenty of amps and chords, one acoustic bass, piano, ukulele, guitar, computer playback and recording.
*** Travel Equipment *** As requested
*** Specialties *** I have been lucky to play tons of different types of music. I believe I can give musicians and aspiring musicians a deep understanding of what is most important in many different styles of music. Music I have been lucky enough to study and play professionally: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Pop. I'm also a very good transcriber, so if there is a song you heard on the radio we can definitely play it! Ear training could be an area in which I could be of service to you as well. I have many arranging and composing credits and I would be glad to help students in this area whenever requested.
Okokon O. March 5, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mr Lang is great guitar tutor.
Aviane V. October 30, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Love my lessons
John is an amazing teacher all around. Very professional and good at getting me to understand things which may be a bit confusing. I am currently reading and playing between four books and I never thought it would be possible especially just after taking lessons for a year. Sometimes I feel a bit frustraited when I am not able to play certain pieces or when I dont understand a concept but John is great at breaking everything down and making it easier. I am now realizing how my piano skills can be utilizied in my other music projects. When I attend my lessons I am reminded why I love having them so much. With him as my instructor I can see my skills improving and I know I will only get better. I recommend piano lessons to everyone and if you are looking to have a great teacher John is your go to person !
Leslie M. May 13, 2013
Piano Verified Student
John is a very patient piano teacher. He has a way to get young students to pay attention through the entire lesson. Keep up the good work !
Jason received his Bachelor of Music from UMKC Music Conservatory and went on to receive his Masters Degree in Music Performance at the Rudi E Scheidt School of Music where he studied with Lily Afshar. Jason has won several competitions including the "Brownsville Guitar Ensemble Competition" and has performed at various festivals including the Piccolo Spoleto festival in Charleston, South Carolina. He currently received an Artist Diploma from SUNY Purchase with Frederic Hand. Jason is passionate about teaching guitar to all ages. He has received Suzuki guitar training at the Frank Longay Co
nservatory of Guitar and is qualified to teach the method to children as young as three years old and older.
Jason is equally as proficient in Rock/Metal as he is in Classical and World music styles. He has studied rock music at various institutes such as the "National Guitar Workshop" in New Milford Connecticut.
Jason has been teaching guitar for over ten years.
*** Lesson Details *** Do you want to raise your level of guitar playing to the next level? Are you a complete beginner and would like to learn the basics like: chords, scales, and how to read music? Do you want to learn music theory? I can teach you all of these things. I am classically trained as well as trained in a wide variety of other genres of music. I am passionate about teaching you what YOU want to learn. I have taught students as young as three years old and as old as sixty! I can teach all levels of players from beginners to advanced . My goal is to find what you most enjoy about guitar playing and music and help you to develop it. I encourage my students to find their musical voice through their own personality, aptitude and individuality.
I teach various methods, which depends on what the student wants to learn. I am a firm believer in building proper technique. This is crucial for the Rock player as well as the Classical player.
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in studio with music stand, books, acoustic guitar(s), Electric guitar(s), amplifier, Cords.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide Music, Staff Paper, Music Stands. Will bring travel amp if necessary.
*** Specialties *** I have experience as well as training in Suzuki method. I have experience teaching Classical/Rock/Metal/Pop/Folk
ralph H. July 21, 2014
Classical Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
Very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. He has helped me with my technique, hand positioning which is very important with classical guitar. I highly recommend Jason.
Ernest S. March 11, 2014
Classical Guitar Verified Student
My 1st lesson with Jason was very relaxed & professional. I learned more in 45 minutes than the last 5 months on my own in regards to reading music, rhythm, timing and playing the notes on the staff. He is very patient and knowledgeable. His diversity in music provides an understanding of where you are at and where you want to go with music. I look forward to my next lesson with Jason.
Kevin P. December 18, 2012 Verified Student
Jason knows the classical guitar.
I have been teaching myself for the past 1 1/2 year using an online course. Although it is a beginner course Jason has chosen to use the content of that course. He has been able to take the music and increase the skill level to an intermediate level. He has also introduce me to the modern guitar music that this course would not address. Lessons were so helpful I initially increased my sessions from 30 min. up to 45 and then up to the full hour.
Dr. Regina Z. has held teaching positions at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Shorter College in Rome, GA, Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT and the Community Music School in Buffalo, NY as well as maintaining thriving private studios in Buffalo and Yonkers, NY and New York City. With over 25 years voice teaching experience, she gives her students a nurturing and growth-oriented environment at a most advanced level. With experience at all levels - from beginning to most advanced - she teaches a solid foundation of pedagogy that stresses a healthy, total-body approach to singing which
is combined with a strong understanding of a variety of repertoire for all levels of singers including opera, lieder/art song, oratorio and musical theatre. With her extensive experience as an accompanist, she provides an integrated musical approach, sharing with her students the importance of understanding all the layers of the music - vocal line, text, accompaniment and the interpretation of the piece through those layers. It is with this approach that Dr. Z.'s students learn how to communicate the truth of the music and the character they portray.
Dajah P. June 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My experience was great. I can tell that I will learn a lot.
Dennis S. November 23, 2014
Opera Voice ·
Dr. Regina is an inspiration! I began studying with her in Georgia at Shorter College and eventually transferred to Minnesota to finish my undergraduate degree with her. She is truly passionate about music, and the energy creates an incredible atmosphere for learning! She challenged me as a singer and performer and helped me learn to breathe life into the music--while also transforming my voice. She is a wonderful teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone. Even a Skype lesson if you can't make it to her in NY. They are quiet helpful! I only wish I lived in the NY area so I could take from her in person. She is wonderful and I hope to continue studying with her for years to come.
Erin B. October 15, 2014
I have been studying Voice (mostly emphasized on Broadway Singing) with Regina for a few months now and I am loving the lessons! She has really helped me identify the strong parts of my voice and showcase them while also strengthening those that are not as strong. What sets Regina apart from other teachers I've had in the past is that she does a really excellent job catering to each student's individual needs instead of having a set teaching structure that you have to try to fit yourself into. I also especially like that she will take the time to talk through the technique in a way that makes total sense and even if it doesn't at first, she'll always find a way to explain it differently until you really grasp the concept. Regina is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to push their voice to the next level!
Artists like Billy Joel and Elton John may make it look effortless, but singing and playing the piano at the same time takes time and practice to truly master! Understandably, its difficult because youre multitasking by "playing" two instruments simultaneously your voice and the piano. Its easy to lose concentration on one, while the other goes a little off; if you focus on your voice, you might mess up the timing with your fingers, and should you pay too much attention to the piano key …
6 Tips for Singing and Playing the Piano at the Same Time
Artists like Billy Joel and Elton John may make it look effortless, but singing and playing the piano at the same time takes time and practice to truly master! Understandably, its difficult because youre multitasking by "playing" two instruments simultaneously your voice and the piano. Its easy to lose concentration on one, while the other goes a little off; if you focus on your voice, you might mess up the timing with your fingers, and should you pay too much attention to the piano key
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