Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Nick
"If you're looking for someone who will listen to your goals and create a lesson plan to help you achieve them, you've met your match! Great experience so
far, looking forward to the next lessons."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by malvina
"Matt is a very patient, caring, kind, astute teacher. He has been teaching my 15 year old daughter for a fewer months now and we are extremely thankful fo
r all his work.
He begins the lessons by asking you what you want to learn, where you're coming from and how you'd like to proceed, how much time you have to practice and tailors his lessons and recommendations to what you can do, without ever making you feel guilty for being out of practice and if you're busy like me, that's much appreciated.
Matt is very knowledgeable about different types of music and also continues his own training which makes him an even better teacher. I see a big progress in my daughter and am happy she enjoys learning from such a great music instructor."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Michelle
"Learned so much.
Rina is such a great teacher, Gia has learned so much since she started coming to Rina. Rina teaches from her heart, and my daughter lov
es coming every week. She turned down going surf fishing with her father, not to miss a week with Rina. I highly recommend Rina for a Piano teacher, she is the best....."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by lise
"I LOVE my singing lessons with Lindsey!
I have always wanted to learn to sing and this is my first experience with singing lessons. Lindsey has been teac
hing me for the last 2 months. She is a wonderful teacher and person. I look forward to my weekly class with her as I enjoy these sessions so much."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"this product is amazing
He is a great coach, and is very patient and creative in his teaching"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Gabriela
"Andrea, an excellent teacher!
Andrea is a wonderful teacher, being able to connect with my daughter Julia who is 11 months. She is very keep on learning
and exploring through play, and is creating a sense of inquiry in Julia that is just beautiful to see! Simply an excellent teacher. I strongly recommend Andrea! Gabriela, Julia's mom."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Carole
"Ben is an awesome teacher. He is patient and kind with my 8 year old and he covers a lot of material during the session. Would definitely recommend him."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Michelle
"The Mark of Quality Training
âAnthony Fontana is a very talented and very professional instructor. After just a few voice lessons I have seen significa
nt improvements in myself and gotten tangible results in performances and auditions. This is the mark of quality training.""
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jackson
""Smooth operator!" Mr. Worthy has a smooth, "jazzy" personality that shows through his performance and teaching style. Looking forward to my next sessio
I am a Recording Artist who has worked on numerous projects including 2 of my own albums. I've been singing since 1986, graduated from Biola University, CA with a BACE degree (Education) then went on to Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA attending their vocal program and I graduated with vocational Honor.
I've been teaching since 1997, doing both private and group lessons. I am very good with explaining and working with you to find your voice - how to use them correctly and comfortably.
I also have been involved in Church music - Worship and Praise.
My passion is to teach peopl
e how to sing so that they can be happier! :-)
I am bilingual (Korean), and have a 9 year old daughter.
My studio is located on Summit Ridge Dr. in Duluth, GA.
*** Lesson Details *** I like having fun. I believe learning to sing should be a fun thing to do - never a stress. I come to your level to explain things in the way you understand. I am a laid back teacher but time to time I make sure your money and my time does not go waste. ;-)
After taking lessons with me, you will be learning:
Proper Breathing Pronunciation Position of the sound Song interpretation Articulation Putting feelings into the song Speak your heart Dynamics Stage Presence
I let you choose a song (any style) and let you sing first then start making corrections one by one until you understand the format and method of "singing"
*** Specialties *** Pop, R&B, Rock, Funk, Jazz & CCM
Jennifer M. June 2, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I think she is a very capable instructor. Knows how to deal with 10 year old. Pushes her to excel!
Minseung K. June 7, 2013
Easy to learn even if you're a beginner.
You learn to have fun performing.
Teacher has great examples that help you understand fast.
She uses time efficiently.
Tony K. June 7, 2013
Great teacher with passion and love
She's not a ordinary music teacher.
She will teach you music and life.
She will be your teacher, counselor, and your friend.
From her I learned how to tell my stories with music.
You will never regret having her in part of your life.
Hello. Thanks for checking out my profile. I think you are going to love your lessons with me. I started playing music in 1986, and started teaching music in 1991. My specialties are Piano, Keyboard, and Accordion.
I can Teach in English and Arabic, and teach with C D E F....or Do Re Mi Fa....
I teach music to students of any age. I also work well with students who have disabilities and special needs.
I was the leader of a song team in my country for more than 10 years before I came to the U.S. Now I play music with three Church teams here in Georgia.
I also teach at the at a Pri
*** Lesson Details *** I teach in your house to make it easy for you! Save time and gas! Every student has unique needs and goals, so I tailor my lessons to the individual.
We will have fun, but I will keep you focused and motivated.
Manar M. December 22, 2013
He is very good teacher and wonderful man
if you need a funny and talented teacher to be able to play piano, Mr.Fadi Sayar is this man
u will enjoy ur time with him and his skills :)
Sandra A. December 17, 2013
Mr. Fadi is an excellent teacher and I enjoy his lessons :)
He is very talented, nice and funny.
His Piano skills are amazing and he inspires me to compose my own music.
Plus, he knows Middle-Eastern music style which is really cool.
I recommend him to everyone cause he is the best!
I absolutely love music and teaching it to others! Having studied both clarinet and piano at the University of Georgia, I am patient and encouraging with both children and adults. I have taught piano, clarinet, and alto saxophone for several years and have children of my own; so I understand that each person is an individual and has different needs and strengths. I am also the Beginning Band Director with the Athens Area Homeschool Band and assist with solo festivals and auditions and have played with the Gwinnett Community Band. I enjoy teaching beginning students as well as more advanced
students. It is such a huge joy to see a student grow in their understanding of music and gain the confidence that comes with it!
*** Lesson Details *** Please note that weekly lessons are recommended for all students. Lessons typically last for a half hour, possibly longer for more advanced students or adults. Also, it is expected for all students to practice throughout the week, therefore it is essential that each student has an instrument before beginning lessons.
For my young beginning pianists, I use the Bastien method books which start with being able to identify the notes and keys on the piano and then move to reading music on the staff. I am very patient and encouraging with young students. My goal is for them to be able to identify the notes on the keyboard, find the correct hand position, and play a few simple songs within two to three months. After six months, they will be playing songs while reading notes on the staff. They may also participate in the Spring Recital and Christmas Recital. *Please note, that I expect all beginners to have a piano or keyboard to practice on before beginning lessons. (Please look under Studio Equipment to see details and suggestions.)
For my adult beginning pianists, I use a lesson series by Alfred which combines music theory with the lesson songs and exercises. At the beginning they jump right into reading music, and within three months, the student will be able to play some nice songs. After six months, basic chords will have been introduced and they will be able play more complicated songs.
For my more advanced piano students, I use the Faber lesson series. With all students, I include music theory in each lesson, but the Faber series goes into more depth. It also covers a variety of music genres, including ragtime, jazz and classical. Also, depending on the individual, I will begin to incorporate some classical pieces as soon as they are ready. I'm always open to knowing what a student likes and pursuing songs that they will enjoy playing, particularly as they become more accomplished!
With my clarinet and alto saxophone students, I focus on scales and arpeggios, help them with songs that they are working on in band, and provide supplemental exercises, duets, or solos for them to play. I also help prepare students for middle school and high school district and all-state auditions by working on the scales, etudes, and sight reading and encourage them to participate in the Spring Music Recital.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a piano, keyboard, clarinet, and alto saxophone that I use for teaching, but I expect my students to have their own instrument before beginning lessons. A keyboard is fine for beginning piano students; it is not necessary to have a piano. I will be happy to recommend models and brands of keyboards to new piano students. Keyboards need to have full size keys and be 'touch sensitive' or have the 'grand piano touch', meaning how hard you press the keys will determine how loud it will sound. Some Yamaha models I recommend are: PSR E333, PSR E423, YPG 235, and EZ 220.
*** Specialties *** I use Bastien piano method books with my younger (early elementary) piano students, and prefer the Faber piano method series with my older piano students (upper elementary through high school) which includes a variety of songs, ear training, transposing, and more music theory. With advanced piano students, I primarily focus on a variety of Classical music in addition to songs that may be of interest to them. With my adult piano students, I use the Alfred adult series which contains popular and classical songs that they may be familiar with. Each method includes music theory. I prefer teaching piano from first grade and up through adults, but have taught some five year old students as well.
I am familiar with the "Essential Elements" and "Standard of Excellence" method series for both clarinet and saxophone. I teach beginning to advanced clarinet and beginning to intermediate alto saxophone. I am classically trained on the clarinet although I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of genres.
JimF July 1, 2012
Patient and Knowledgeable
Lark has turned out to be a good fit for my learning style. Trying to learn as an adult can be challenging and frustrating... And I am sure it can be a substantial test for the teacher as well. Lark has been very patient and understanding as well as very encouraging. Her lesson notes are extremely helpful as I prepare for each week's lesson. She knows her stuff and also knows how to create a good environment for the student. I am having a good experience indeed.
MorganR January 8, 2012
Flexible teaching style
Lark is extremely flexible with her teaching style. As a middle aged adult who has never read a note of music, I don't have a lot of patience with starting at the very beginning. I want to start playing songs I am interested in immediately. Lark manages to work this music into her lesson so that I keep my interest. I would recommend her to anyone who is just starting out.
SherryC December 7, 2011
She is an excellent teacher. My daughter has really learned alot from her.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not typically provide any equipment - but I am willing to select and purchase books for the students to learn from (cost of books to be reimbursed by the student/parent) when requested to do so.
I am also willing to provide stick-on note-names for the keyboard, for young children.
The students must have their own instruments, music stand, paper and pencil, and provide a folder for sheet music and notes/instructions.
*** Specialties *** On guitar, I specialize in the following styles: jazz, rock, blues, folk, bluegrass, and children's songs. Piano: I pr
efer electronic keyboard to acoustic piano, but am happy to teach beginning students on a regular piano as well. I teach note-reading, playing by ear, and theory. When using an electronic keyboard, I include more rhythm development, arranging, chord theory, and use of the many features of an electronic keyboard, in the lessons. English: I am qualified, by years of tutoring, to tutor/teach English (spoken, written, and reading comprehension) to both native English speakers and to those learning it as a second language. *** I am particularly good at working with children who have a.d.h.d. and other learning disabilities!
Jack March 25, 2015
Elementary Math ·
In home Verified Student
Linda is very patient with my Asperger's/ADHD son. She has offered several different ways to approach his math work and clearly was thinking about new approaches between visits. She is a kind, gentle woman and having her help with the work has been so helpful. She even spent extra time to show him some guitar, in case we want to take lessons (upon my request because we're interested in that). Linda has offered advice on several resources that I didn't know about for my journey to assist my son with his challenges. We have been very happy with Linda.
Biography - Mary Frances K. has been teaching voice since 1991. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projection of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art.
Voice students of hers have won university voice scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School in Georgia and other voice programs at the college level. She has taught in her home, and for Music Life Studio.
She also teac
hes piano. She has taught piano for about 8 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University. She accompanies herself in her own vocal study and rehearsals for synagogue choir practice. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.
Students wishing to have any combination of piano, music theory and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.
Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940's Radio Hour.
She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan WilliamsÂ RiderÂs to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton GrangerÂs Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC'Âs school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.
Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel'Âs Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and continues as a soloist at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia. She has occasionally directed the choir at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.
She holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances continues her education as a long time student of Elizabeth Colson of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.
*** Lesson Details ***
Recommendations for Lesson Length - Voice students: 30 minutes for young students up to 5th grade. 45 minutes for young students in Middle School and some 5th graders. 45 or 60 minutes preferred for high school students and adults. Piano students: 30 minutes for most beginners of any age. 45 minutes for young intermediate level and adult students.
Teaching Style and Curriculum - My teaching style is relaxed yet progressive. I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace which varies with age, coordination, processing speed and previous exposure to musical education.
I prefer the Alfred's Basic Piano Library series for my piano students. I find that my students learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to 6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time. I am an active professional singer, so I have a large library of vocal material at my disposal.
I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as: Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre, but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal placement. I strive to keep voices healthy as well as find each student's most beautiful sound. Most students will see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.
Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis depending both physical and musical ability. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to find each student's natural sound without strain for whatever style he or she sings.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, Computer with Internet Access, Library of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing):Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; Schirmer Sing at First Sight; Alfred Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; Schirmer Many Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from Schirmer Several Broadway Music Collections from Hal Leonard Discover Your Voice by Oren Brown Training the Speaking Voice by Virgil Anderson International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Wall Dynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth Bunch Classical Singer Magazine Subscription Journal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription
*** Specialties *** I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I teach sight singing for students pursuing auditions for All State Chorus and College entrance, etc. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students
David D. June 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Hi--Mary Frances suggested that we go with 45-minute sessions, and I agree. We ran over about 15 minutes yesterday, so could you change my 30-minute charge to a 45-minute charge starting with yesterday's session? Then could you let me know once this change has been made so I can let her know? She will then change the schedule accordingly. Thanks, David
Saundra W. April 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Love her. Makes me feel so comfortable
Jennifer L. April 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Mary is a great teacher! She's really nice, made the lessons fun for my daughter. Mary explained the information in a way that was easy for my daughter to understand and apply.
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