Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Moshe
"Jordan is a great teacher, patient and fun."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Joanna
"An excellent piano teacher
I have taken beginning piano lessons with Mark, and from day one I have felt comfortable. He is very professional, punctual, a
nd efficient. He knows what he is doing, is very kind and patient in the process. He shares his shortcuts and tips to make each lesson the best possible."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Steve
"John has been teaching my 12 year old son Cole who is completely new and just starting out playing drums. John took the time to set up Cole's kit and ad
just it for him. He has focuses on music that Cole likes and has been extremely patient in teaching him and making the lessons fun. I would highly recommend John as a teach - especially for children."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Martin
"Kirk was my first guitar teacher, and helped me develop and cultivate my raw desire to play the instrument. His open, laid-back approach and flexible sche
dule made my learning experience enjoyable. The only complaint I would have, is that Kirk does not really enforce persistence; practicing a phrase or entire piece with me until I get it perfect, but that might just be a personal preference. Overall a patient, enthusiastic, down-to-earth guy who's generally fun to be with, and even more fun to learn guitar with."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Zeng
"A musical journey
Cassandra has a seemingly endless reserve of patience that allows her to build each lesson as a musical journey. She has guided me to c
oncentrate on my relaxation, sightreading, proper form, and musical interpretation. It has been my pleasure to explore music with her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Andy
"I have been taking lessons from Michael fora few months now. He starts off from the rudiments, and then adds other topics such as syncopation. He loves to
talk about music, so it helps to know something about different genres to follow the conversation. He has definitely put in a lot of years into drums, judging from my interaction with him. Don't be surprised if he suggests that you consider learning a 2nd instrument. I would highly recommend his instruction for a beginning drum student"
Music is the universal language that, when tapped into, illuminates the joys of life and shows us how to open the doors of opportunity. When we study and play music, we are cultivating our curiosity and wonder of the world and are gaining a confidence to be expressive, creative, entrepreneurial, and playful. When we feel music, we feel love.
The study of stringed instruments in particular is one of tremendous depth. The violin plays a vital role in a great number of music traditions across the globe and every time we play, we connect, we celebrate, and we contribute to that vibrating strin
g community. I have been playing for 20 years and teaching private and group lessons for seven and I would love to show you or your child the wonders of playing music.
My passion for teaching is as strong as my desire for personal musical growth. I believe that a one-on-one teacher to student relationship is the best way for the student to grow not only in the subject being taught, but emotionally as well. It is my goal for every one of my students to learn some life lesson or become acquainted with a non-musical philosophy through the study of music. From my personal life-long study of music I have learned about the importance of listening, dedication, compassion, respect, and of teaching oneself, and if I am able to pass on just a fraction of this experiential knowledge, then the student has found success.
I have a style, structure, and discipline of teaching that has been passed onto me from my great teachers. There are core values that I maintain like ear training, good technique, playing etudes and scales, and reading music, but every student learns differently and develops their own way of learning and playing the instrument. I balance my curriculum with your own style and your approach to learning. We work on repertoire that you want to learn, and I will help you set your own achievable goals. If you want strictly classical lessons, we can do that. If you want to learn classical techniques and fundamentals, but play American fiddle repertoire, we can do that. I have experience playing in many, many styles such as jazz, rock, country, Americana, and various world fiddle traditions, and my experience at Berklee (the world's premier popular music school) has shown me how versatile our instrument can be. Although I am not certified, I use the Suzuki method with books and repertoire. I teach a lot of improvisation and although I emphasize learning by ear, I do place much importance on reading.
I teach from my comfortable and charming pet and smoke free home studio near Mt. Tabor.
A little more about me from my professional bio:
Greg A. is a multi-instrumentalist and teacher who performs in a wide variety of styles and genres. He has used his classical violin training as a springboard for learning about improvising, jazz, world music traditions. His studies on the mandolin landed him a four-year scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied Composition. He was a founding member of the ME/2 Orchestra, a nationally-recognized full orchestra based in Burlington, VT created for people with mental disabilities and those who support them. He also performed in the traditional middle eastern music ensemble Grup Anwar, and has travelled to Scotland with the Vermont theater troupe Spielpalast Cabaret. He currently lives in Portland, OR where he maintains a studio of violin, viola and mandolin students both at his home studio and with Keys to Life Music School and the Northwest Chinese Academy. He performs regularly with Three for Silver, Down Home Music, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, Cascade Chamber Orchestra and various local jazz, classical, and folk ensembles.
Jenniffer H. February 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
Greg is a very dedicated teacher and has really helped my son grow in his understanding and love of his instrument and music in general. He's very knowledgeable and patient and seems happy to accommodate us when changes need to happen. :)
Kent B. September 9, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Greg has been my fiddle teacher for a year now. His patience and expert guidance have helped to increase my confidence and skill level. We move logically and painlessly back and forth between new music and technique. I'm now at the point that I am beginning to see how it all works and, thus, to be able to figure out some tunes just by hearing them. Pretty exciting. I look forward to our weekly sessions.
Kent B. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Top-Notch Fiddle Teacher
Greg is himself a top-notch musician, but, more to the point here, he's a top-notch teacher. He's easy going and positive, but he keeps you moving along and he's clear and constructive when bumps in the road occur (as they frequently do in my case). I think I have made a lot of progress in a relatively short time, especially since I'm in my 60s and haven't touched a fiddle since I was a pre-teen. I recommend Greg highly.
I am delighted to be a part of the TakeLessons team here in Portland. I have recently retired from a career in elementary education employed as a visual arts instructor. In addition to my public school career I have also given private piano lessons for the last thirteen years. I graduated from the University of Idaho in 1991 with a bachelors degree in education with a minor in music.
*** Lesson Details *** While I have been classically trained, my goal is to provide a strong background in music theory, technique, and performance, which will allow all students to successfully pursue inte
rests in all genres of music. Creating individualized instruction for each student is an important means of nurturing a successful and motivated pianist at every level. I use a broad range of materials based on student interest and abilities with a core curriculum built upon Hanon, Alfred, and Faber and Faber method books. I look forward to the opportunity to be part of your many successes in the world of piano music.
*** Travel Equipment *** Piano or weighted keyboard, lesson books (available at local music stores and online)
*** Specialties *** Classical
Christine R. November 10, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Barbara is an excellent instructor who is encouraging, patient, and knowledgeable. She tailors the lesson to the studentâs goals while covering the fundamentals of learning piano for continued and ongoing success. I feel inspired and motivated after each lesson itâs wonderful!!
Ellen V. November 4, 2013
Piano Verified Student
An excellent teacher!
Barb is a wonderful teacher for my children, ages 6 and 8. She is kind, encouraging, extremely knowledgable and clearly enjoys teaching piano. I am amazed at how quickly my children are learning the instrument and they are having fun as well. Barb tailors the lessons to each child's needs and skill level. I highly recommend her.
Karen J. May 20, 2013
excellent piano teacher
My boys starting taking piano lessons with Barbara D. when they were about 7 years old. She is an amazing teacher and always makes them feel special. She is so upbeat and enthusiastic, yet very patient with kids and their needs and moods. She will find out what kind of music they like or want to learn and then find that music at their appropriate level. It is a wonderful motivator for the kids and keeps the lessons so interesting and exciting for them. Barbara D. is a very skilled, talented artist in every way and an amazing teacher!
Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in biology and minored in jazz studies. Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic
teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience have allowed him to be successful with teaching students with learning disabilities. He has no problem using “outside of the box” techniques to help explain a tough concept. Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice enjoyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. He caters his lessons to maximize every student’s potential. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style. Michael ensures that every student will have the technique, theory, and musical knowledge to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting.
Jack D. October 6, 2014
In home Verified Student
"Now that I'm studying with Mike, the efficiency of my practice time is way, way up."
Mike is the first coach who emphasizes "practice the hard parts". So much so that any time a note comes out either not in rhythm, not in pitch, or not a great sound, I have the confidence to stop and repeat the hard part until it's no longer hard. Even when learning to improvise, if the notes I pick on the sax don't match the ones I first heard in my head, I have the confidence to stop and really find those notes that my mind imagined. Eventually I'll be able to hit the ones I intend the first time. He also advocates to always know the purpose of any practicing you're doing---there's no more aimless noodling. Even when I'm jamming, there's a specific goal in mind.
The second thing I really get from Mike is that he expects me to know what notes I'm playing and what role they fill in the key. Formerly my method of improvising was to hunt and peck, occasionally hitting notes outside the key and finding a way to "work them back in". But now, if I'm riffing on the note F in the key of B-flat, Mike wants me to know that that's the 5 of the key. And to also know where the 3 and 7 are---like a home base where you know it's safe to play.
Aaron S. May 28, 2014
In home Verified Student
We are so lucky to have found Michael! Before we started with him in February, my son played Ode to Joy, now he's practicing jazz and having fun while practicing. Michael has awesome enthusiasm, and a great foundation in both performance and theory. He shows care for the student and is always supportive. I completely recommend him for any skill level!
I started learning piano as a child, but it was in high school that I realized I really wanted to pursue playing keyboards, because it allowed me a way to express myself. I was hooked. Later on I attended Mt. Hood Community College, played keyboards and sang in choirs and vocal jazz. After graduating on the President's List with an Associates Degree in Special Studies Music, I directed the college Gospel Ensemble for two years before working full-time at a large local church, where I was a Music Director, Worship Leader, and keyboard player. In addition to vocal and keyboard work, I enjoyed di
recting large and small choirs and ensembles, band directing, orchestra conducting, and arranging many styles of music. It is exciting to experience what can happen when people work together musically--the whole becomes even greater than the sum of the parts!
I've been teaching piano for 20+ years now, and I love partnering with students to help them grow musically and realize their dreams. Some of my students have gone on to be professionals or teachers, and some are playing the music they love with their friends. Others are playing in their churches or in bands, and some play simply for personal enjoyment.
If we get the opportunity to work together, you (or your child) will discover that I am patient and encouraging. My desire is to bring your musical goals into focus through education and creative participation.
What is your dream? Playing classical, rock, playing in a band, writing your own music? I'd love to help you realize that dream!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe piano instruction should be fun and casual, yet challenging and inspiring. In our lessons, you'll learn proper technique, sight-reading, improvising, and the music theory behind it. I utilize popular piano methods and contribute additional resources, and I design lessons to help you reach your music goals, whether your dream is to play with others, write your own music, or play your favorites for personal enjoyment. You'll explore many music genres, from classical to rock to jazz, including a large dose of your preferred styles. If you play an electronic keyboard, we'll incorporate features of your instrument to increase your rhythm and song-writing skills. Aspiring songwriters can learn skills like chart writing and computer notation. You'll learn how technology--even your smart phone--can help!
The student is responsible to purchase required books--usually lesson and theory, and occasionally a recital book. These usually cost between 5 and 7 dollars each and can be purchased locally. Bring lined paper with you for your lesson notes. I'll supply staff paper, music and any additional lesson materials, as needed. I will encourage you to purchase a metronome (the musician's friend) if you do not have an instrument with rhythms or metronome.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach both at students' homes (on your instrument) or at my home, where I have a Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano. The lessons are in the front living room, where seating is available and parents are welcome to observe the lesson. I have a laptop with Sibelius Notation and YouTube at the ready, as well as a mic, mixer and speakers, should they be needed. There may even be a studio cat nearby to inspire you!
*** Travel Equipment *** If lessons are at your home, it is important that you have a practice instrument, which we will use in our lessons. If you need to purchase a piano or are exploring the world of electronic keyboards, I can help you with the many choices available and recommend instruments in your price range. I can also help you become familiar with your keyboard and those features that will be useful to you.
*** Specialties *** For individual lessons, I prefer using the Alfred Method (beginning through intermediate), and have also used the Bastien method, and some others. I teach both sight-reading and/or improvisational skills, along with musical theory, according to the student's needs and goals. I'm comfortable in multiple styles (classical, pop, rock, folk, some jazz and blues).
Renee M. March 12, 2014
Piano Verified Student
what an experienced teacher and wonderful person!
Suzan is such an experienced teacher and she has a passion for music and you feel that. She is kind and such a lovely person. My daughter loves her piano lessons with suzan. She puts together nice recitals for the students and gives all them such an individual attention you feel like the only student. She is also an inspiration to my daughter as an accomplished musician and as a human being. We love suzan! We feel like shes part of the family! â¡â¥â¡â¥
Zhanna B. January 17, 2014
Piano Verified Student
The best teacher!
Suzan the best teacher ever! My 9 years old girl say after each lesson. What i can add more?
Michele A. December 9, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Suzan is an excellent teacher with vast experience. She is always positive and willing to go at a pace that is comfortable for me, while encouraging me to stretch! Thank you so much, Suzan!
Duncan has studied with Joe Morello, Ed Thigpen, Ray Mosca ,Roy Brooks, Jim Chapin and many more. A graduate of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, Duncan has played with The Oscar Peterson Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Pepper Adams, Red Garland, Major Holly, Wilber Ware, Doug Wakins, Barney Kessell, Leroy Vinnegar and many more. I can help you to learn Jazz and other styles with my knowledge and experience. I teach all styles of Drumming. I teach a easy to learn system called "Hands On".
*** Lesson Details *** I am very easy to listen to and show you what to learn. I use the "Hands On" a
pproach, which allows you to learn quickly. Muscle Memory is also used. I will teach you to read and use every bit of information out there. After 3 months you will be a Drummer. After 6 months you will be a pretty good Drummer and so on.
*** Studio Equipment *** Full Gretsch Drum set, Practice Pads,music stands, CD Player and Video Camera,Sticks, Brushes and Mallets
*** Travel Equipment *** At my studio, a full Drum Set, Stereo, Practice Pads, Stick, Brushes, Mallets, CD's
*** Specialties *** I teach all styles. I use the "Hands on " system, which allows the student to learn quickly. I am a Jazz drummer but have played almost every type of music. I also played with The Oscar Peterson Trio and Dizzy Gillespie while in Canada..1990 I recorded Leroy Vinnegars last Album "The last Sessions"
David L. July 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher and I have a lot to learn
Becky S. February 28, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Two thumbs up for Duncan!
I was pretty nervous about taking one on one drum lessons. Duncan assured me it would be fun, and it is! I like how he stretches my comfort zone enough to keep me interested and excited, but not so much that I get frustrated. Two thumbs up:)
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