Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Allegra
"Tigran is an excellent instructor.
Tigran has been an excellent instructor to my 16 year old daughter. She started with him last year and has improved tr
emendously. He has been kind and professional even though the lessons are in my house and I have a 2 and 4 year old continually trying to interrupt. Instead of being frustrated he has been patient and loving towards them and my entire family. We are so blessed to have him as a teacher in our home. Thank you so much."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ashly
"Ashly has thoroughly enjoyed her lessons with Suzie. She's a wonderful teacher."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Bram
Ayme was a great teacher. I started lessons with her when I was 9 now I am 16 and kind of a shredder. She is really patient, encouraging a
nd has a great sense of humor. I learned a lot about music theory and soloing without even noticing. When I moved on to other teachers, I realized what a great foundation she gave me, I was way ahead of the other students and sometimes a little ahead of the teacher. Lol. She knows a lot about different kinds of music, which was really cool. I learned blues, some rockabilly, and even a Metallica song while I was studying with her. She makes learning really fun!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Katia
I've been Brian's student for 5 years, and I think that I wouldn't have been able to stay into my lessons if not for having him as my te
acher! Brian is a very capable teacher, and knows how to expand the drumming skills of his students both technically and creatively. His lessons are fun, challenging, and well worth the investment. Brian encouraged me to take my lessons outside of the classroom, and I was able to be in a band with the skills I learned from him; I've been lucky to have unique and exciting experiences, and there's so much to take away from his lessons! Brian teaches rudimentary skills, reading music and playing beats, and drumming along to your favorite music to improve your skills! I highly recommend lessons with Brian for drummers of any level."
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by NATASA
Lena is always ready to talk with you if you have some doubts and to share with you all her experience with music and the way of learni
ng that will give the best results.She teaches you not only how to play but also to be disciplined and confident-everything that is important to achieve your success. She is wonderful teacher, understanding and flexible. My 3 years old girl said about her teacher Lena: "She is beautiful,gentle and so sweet". I would highly recommend Lena for anyone considering to take piano lessons."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alex
"Wonderful to work with!
I've been taking lessons from Valerie for a little over a year now, and she really knows what she is talking about. She is very p
rofessional, and I always leave the lesson feeling that I'm making progress."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by David
"A superb teacher
My experience with Ms. Tivens was incredible. She really knows her vocal science and has such a foundation in vocal pedagogy. Also, it's
fun to work with her, not just a science class. She helped my range expand and made me feel more comfortable with high notes. Due to her extensive performance background, she has incredibly useful notes when it comes to how to sing in front of people. Just take one lesson with her and I promise you will comeback."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sophia
"An Amazing Teacher and Musician
I have had Leni as a teacher, and a friend, for several years. I am amazed at how far I have come, and I feel that the te
chnique and the theory behind the methods he teaches are incredible and imperative to the progress I have made, both on the piano and in other areas of music. The atmosphere that he creates is a welcoming and stimulating learning environment. The Taubman technique that he teaches is understandable, helpful, and it is the most successful way to avoid long-term injury to the hands and wrists. I am incredibly grateful to him for his dedication and passion for his work and his students."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Zelda
"Great experience so far! My son enjoys the lessons and feels comfortable asking questions!"
Brian has been performing for over 10 years. He is experienced in genres from hip-hop to classic rock, and delivers a style all his own. He is an honors graduate of Berklee College of Music with a dual degree in Music Production and Engineering and Music Business Management. Prior to Berklee, Brian was classically trained as a vocalist by Georgia Marandino. He fine-tuned his skills at Berklee with Joey Blake (performs with Bobby McFerrin). Brian learned guitar and piano from his father a semi-pro guitarist and an educator of educators. As a producer and sound engineer, Brian has worked with mu
sicians spanning different genres and cultures including Grammy Award winning sound engineer Hector Ivan Rosa (Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, El Gran Combo). He currently offers voice, piano, guitar, and music theory lessons to students of all abilities.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach music students want to learn. I don't use books because every student learns differently. I have a very laid back personality but I am strict when it comes to practicing and learning the material from the previous lesson. After 3-6 months students will be able to play multiple songs, have a good grasp on scales and will be at the point where they can look at joining their first band with confidence!
*** Studio Equipment *** We have a variety of studio equipment for students to use including guitars, amps, keyboards and drums. We also have an assortment of music stands laptops and enhanced learning tools to allow the student to get the most out of their lesson!
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide certain items that allow students to do exercises. Metronome and a laptop are common for me. I expect the student to have access to the specific instrument they are intending to learn
*** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary style using classical methods
Sammy H. March 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent experiences with Brian. He knows how to get the progress going. And the piano room is also very artistic!
As an experienced performing musician, I have performed internationally at the Terra Incognita Festival in Canada with "The Tea Club". I have a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Percussion Performance and Music Education. I hold a New Jersey State Teachers Certification for grades K-12. I am fortunate to have studied with great Joe Morello(Take Five, The Dave Brubeck Quartet). I actively perform in multiple music genres and have studied various music styles including Rock, Jazz, Classical and more. Music is my life, and my students receive all the musical knowledge and assistance I have to of
*** Lesson Details *** With all students, lessons focus on the student's music interests (Rock, Jazz,Classical,Latin etc.) My lessons focus on Technique, Snare Drum Reading, Drum Set Grooves and styles. Studies in all genres will include the application of these studies when performing music in ensembles. All studies include music reading (notated music) and aural (by ear) learning. In 3-6 months students will learn proper techniques for several stroke types (Single, Double, Buzz) and many drum set grooves. Students will also learn fills and will begin expressing themselves musically on the drums. Students will also have the opportunity to experience and learn from playing drums with another musician as I will accompany them on Bass or Keyboard. In addition, students will learn to read and perform Percussion and Drum Set music. More advanced students will focus on sound production (getting great sounds out of drums or percussion instruments), expanded reading (introduction of more complex technical and rhythmic concepts) and improvisation. For interested students, Mallet Technique and repertoire (Vibraphone, Xylophone, Marimba, Bells) may also be studied.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must provide drums. I will bring a drum pad and stand, Students must have a music stand.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz and Rock drum set as well as classical percussion. I also specialize in stick technique based on my former studies with Joe Morello (2004-2008)
LeVar N. November 3, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Joe is a great teacher. Very attentive and eager for my daughter to learn the drums. I highly recommend this instructor.
Scott M. September 30, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Joe has done a tremendous job with my five-year-old son, who, having ADHD, is generally a challenge for his parents and teachers. Joe has made the lessons fun for my son, who is progressing and engaged at a level I never envisioned.
Dave H. September 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Joe is an excellent teacher; patient, knowledgeable and of course very talented!
Looking for a band instrument jump-start for your child?
Woodwind-Studio-NJ has the perfect Summer instrumental Program for your student.
This exciting summer program prepares students for their first year of studying an instrument at school. Kids can enter their school band feeling confident and ready to make music! Jump-Start Instrumental Program runs from July 1 to September 6 2015.
My students are the winners of the auditions to the NJ Youth Symphony orchestra in 2014/2015 (HS and MS),
NJ Regional Symphonic Band competitions in 2013 and 2014(HS), NJ All-State Symphonic Band (HS)and 2014 (MS), M.A.M.T.G. and Golden Key Solo competition in 2014 and 2015. Most of them have been recognized and promoted to the first chair by their school's band directors. They perform as soloists at the public concerts in 'Rising Stars' program.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach students of all ages and abilities! I offer beginner through professional instruction on clarinet, beginner through intermediate instruction on saxophone and flute.
The special program for young students (5 - 8 y.o.) is designed by utilizing recorder and piccolo (small) clarinet to prepare them for the 1 year in school band.
I prepare school students to NJ Regional, Area and State band auditions. All concert pieces are practiced with CD accompaniment using special audio equipment which allow to slow tempo for early stages of learning process. My ultimate goal is to to pass all my knowledge and experience to my students, prepare them to be the fine soloists and the first chair in the school bands or symphony orchestras.
*** Studio Equipment *** Spacious, well lit, recently renovated soundproof room. Seating for parents, music stands, sheet music, printer (for printing custom handouts), high speed internet, audio equipment.
*** Specialties *** Over the last twenty years I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, solfeggio and music theory lessons. The age of my students range from elementary school through mature musicians. I prepare school students to NJ Regional, Area and State band auditions.
I'm currently a principal clarinetist of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and a co-principal of the Hanover Wind Symphony and a member of the 'A La Mode' clarinet quartet. In the past I've played with the Kiev Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater in Kiev (Ukraine), Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, Columbus, Ga Symphony Orchestra, Staten Island Symphony Orchestra and Staten Island Chamber Orchestra. I have given solo performances in Kiev Philharmonic Hall, Moscow and Tbilisi Conservatory, and was a featured soloist on "Rosell" TV show in Columbus, Ga. I also play jazz, Klezmer and Russian music at weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, anniversaries and holiday parties throughout the tri-state area. I am a graduate of Kiev, Ukraine Conservatory where I received my Bachelors and Masters Degree in performance and in Music Education. My main instrument is clarinet, but I also play flute, trumpet and saxophone. I've been playing clarinet since I was 9 years old. Over the last twenty years I have taught private clarinet, flute, saxophone, solfeggio and music theory lessons. The age of my students range from elementary school through mature musicians. I was fortunate to study clarinet from the very first day with principal clarinetist of Radio Symphony Orchestra and later with principal clarinetist of Ukrainian state Philharmonic Orchestra and principal clarinetist of the Kiev Opera Theater. At the age of 16 I won the 1st place at the Ukrainian State Young Musicians Competition and at age of 23 I was a Top Prize (2nd place) winner of the Ukrainian National Clarinet Competition.
Shao F. June 8, 2015
Our 12-year old son has been learning clarinet from Mr. Dimitry for about a year now and we highly recommend him to prospective students for his deep music knowledge, rich clarinet performance experience and above all, just being a great clarinet teacher.
In a year's time with Mr. Dimitry, our son's progress has been very impressive. After our son started lessons with Mr. Dimitry, it quickly became apparent that Mr. Dimitry is a very experienced teacher for young musicians. He engages our son effectively to keep him interested in music and clarinet while at the same time sets high expectations for him. Our son always looks forward to clarinet lessons and also is motivated to practice pieces at home.
Mr. Dimitry not only teaches sound clarinet skills, but also emphasizes the importance of playing music the right way, that is to tell stories and express feelings through music rather than to play music like a technician. Although it is difficult for a young musician to fully appreciate this concept, it does go a long way in preparing him to become a really good musician in the long run.
Mr. Dimitry is very polite, pleasant and professional. We recommend him without any reservation.
Julia J. June 8, 2015
Music Performance ·
My 7 year old son has been taking recorder lessons from Dimitry for almost 1 year now. Dimitry is very patient, encouraging, and enganging - considering that my son is on the younger side. Dimitry provides music instruction that is appropriate age and level wise, so my son feels accomplished and challenged at the same time.
We plan to continue with Dimitry and hopefully advance to the clarinet once his fingers can cover the clarinet holes and he has learned more music theory. My son looks forward to his music lessons. We are very pleased with his musical instruction.
Jeff S. June 16, 2014
Incredibly amiable, professional, and talented as a teacher.
As a senior in high school now graduating and transferring into college, I started my lessons with Dimitry in December last year and had to end this summer at the end of the music school's program. Even though my time learning the saxophone was short, Dimitry used my past musical experience to help guide me through the instrument. His lessons did not feel long in any sense of the word, and in fact some two-hour lessons I took to make up missed weeks blew by, as I was constantly engaged by his teachings. During my studies with him I found myself in the presence of a true musician, and this was only further driven home when I saw him play in the Hanover Wind Symphony at the Morristown Community Theater with Stanley Drucker. I would highly recommend Dimitry as an instructor for a student at any level.
As a lifelong musician with extensive recording, and performing experience, I will help you reach your personal goals in music. You may already know me from my years at both the Chatham School of Rock, or more recently the Chatham music Center here in NJ My private studio is available for lessons for adult students only.
*** Specialties *** I own and operate a small recording studio, and am more than happy to record students demos. I also teach Pedal Steel guitar.
Phil T. August 8, 2014
Vocal Training ·
I find Mike to be a professional. His understanding of the mechanics of vocalizing is an asset and his easygoing manner of getting it across an asset.
I have been singing w/ bands now for about 15 years and Mike has helped me understand how to maximize my range and power. I would highly recommend Mike for anyone looking to learn to sing for the first time and/or anyone looking to improve on their existing talents.
Stacy J. July 23, 2014
Vocal Training ·
In home Verified Student
Mike's been great. I was a nervous new student, and he made me feel really comfortable from the get-go, and structured things so that I was proceeding at my own comfort level. Great input, and a great experience. Thanks Mike!
Dave H. July 22, 2014
I've worked with Mike for over a year, he is great for adults who love rock and blues music. He has helped me become a much more confident player. Taking lessons with him was one of the best moves I could have made.
I'm a performing artist and music teacher. I received my Bachelors and Masters degree in music at Boston's New England Conservatory, where I was a member of the jazz, classical, and third-stream departments. I also spent 8 years in Berlin, Germany, sing opera and musical theater. I've always enjoyed working with kids; especially introducing them to music through piano, language, movement, role-playing, and singing. But I also thrive teaching adults; whether it be professional singers looking for some tips, or passionate hobby singers looking to impress their friends at the next karaoke party.
Flute is my first instrument, so definitely get in touch with me if you want to take your playing to the next level!
Ting Ting W. June 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great experience so far as monica is able to connect with my usually shy 4 year old girl engaged and interested in piano... That's my main goal at this stage and monica is doing a great job of it!
a M. June 12, 2015
Monica works wonderfully with my sons aged 3 and 6. She is patient and good natured while pushing them to continue challenging themselves. I usually hear laughter accompanying the lesson and both boys are always excited to show me how much they have progressed. After she leaves after the lessons, my little one always hollers out the door " I love you Monica!" I recommend her without reservation.
R L. June 9, 2015
Monica teaches Piano, Flute and Vocal. My daughter is interested in all three. I can't believe how fortunate we are to find her. She is passionate, cheerful and encouraging. My daughter enjoys every moment of her classes.
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