Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Trisha
"My grand daughter feels so comfortable with William. She loves going to her lessons"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Andrea
"Learned so much!
Been going to Jillian for a few months and she's awesome. I've been looking for a voice coach for a long time and I'm so lucky I found h
er because not only is she talented, but she knows how to train a singer. She's a lot of fun to be around which makes the lessons even that much more enjoyable. I definitely recommend her as a teacher!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alesa
"Best Guitar Teacher Evah!!!!
My 9yo son has been taking lessons from Judy since he was a young 6. Judy is patient and keeps the lessons fun and will adju
st music to the child's interests. He knows the ins & outs of a guitar, can read sheet music, pick or strum a song, has great rhythm & loves guitar all thanks to Judy!!!!!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Ryan
The lessons just keep getting better. Ivan has been working in music theory along with each lesson to help grasp the concept for this. I
t have been a big help and he is extremely knowledgable. It has also been extremely helpful that he is a awesome musician as watching him play I am able to pick up subtle hints that help my playing as well."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ken
"Mikhail is definitely as awesome as his biography indicates. He not only has experience with many different styles and genres of music but also understan
ds their histories and origins. Mikhail is exceptionally good at teaching challenging concepts in both music theory and violin technique that would otherwise be very difficult to learn. Since starting lessons with him I have noticed my ability to play the violin and to read music have both improved greatly."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Hsiao-Hui
Jessica had been wonderful teaching my 13 year old daughter. She was always patient and kind."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Amy
"James has been teaching me piano for some time now. I've gone from a complete beginner to finally being able to play my favorite songs. I really never tho
ught it was possible! He makes the lessons fun but at the same time informative so I always know what to practice and I'm never left confused!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Elena
"Gaby is a great voice teacher, she makes me feel very comfortable ( and I am a very shy person). Her lessons are super fun. She is flexible with times, ve
ry understanding and helpful. I have improved a lot working with her and I hope sometime in the future to have a voice like hers. I would recommend her to anyone who wants to learn singing or already knows how to sing."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Andrew
"I became fascinated with guitar at 18, and in college I saw some musicians sitting around and asked if they knew how to play the Freebird solo. They all q
uickly turned to a gentleman named Jesse, who tore up that solo...on my acoustic! Yes, behind the back and all! lol. But rather humbly , Jesse said if I want to get serious about it, who better to learn from than the man that taught him, Matt Quistorf.
Matt is a very modest and humble talent. He oozes musical talent from every cell, but is the most patient, flexible, and understanding teacher you could ask for. He caters lessons to what best fits your learning style, so that you are fast-tracked to improvement. The lessons are always exciting and often mind-blowing. Additionally, he is an outstanding drummer, so you will have opportunity to put what you learn to the test in an actual "band" feel.
Even if you don't live in Rochester, NY, be sure to take advantage of his video lessons.
I am a friendly, patient, enthusiastic, experienced teacher, joyfully instructing piano professionally since 1999. Music transcends words, and I have a deep understanding of music/ piano, both personal and experiential which I truly enjoy sharing with my students. I draw from my love of music and my own experience as a pianist, piano student, and piano teacher to motivate and inspire my students.
A classically-trained pianist, I've been taking piano lessons since age 6 and playing "by ear" from early childhood. I continued to study piano throughout elementary school and high school. In c
ollege I majored in music, studying piano, music history and theory, and psychology in addition to fieldwork and internships in music therapy. I have extensive experience working with students with special needs. In graduate school, I studied classical piano and music theory with professor David Holzman, Grammy-nominated pianist and lecturer.
Fun, engaging, personalized, and productive, each lesson is both enjoyable and effective. I want the love of music to be the reason my students want to practice piano and attend lessons. I believe the rapport between student and teacher to be one of the most important factors of your lessons. I consider it a priority that each student feel comfortable with me, feel at-home in my studio, enjoy their lessons, and develop a love and knowledge of music that will last a lifetime.
Proper technique is stressed regardless of experience level or age.
I hold annual Student Piano Recitals for my students and their families.
*It is highly recommended that students have a keyboard or piano.*
NYSSMA preparation offered for all levels.
*** Studio Equipment Piano, keyboard; den dedicated to music. Extensive musical library.
*** Specialties *** Students with special needs Lessons for young beginners and adult students
Selin V. July 31, 2015
I have been taking lessons with Trina for the last few months and she is a wonderful teacher. She is so patient and is great at what she does. I learn so much in each lesson and that motivates me to keep on learning and enjoying piano. Thank you Trina, you have an amazing gift and I'l so thankful to have found you as a teacher.
Jubie M. July 29, 2015
Trina has been a wonderful piano instructor for my children! Not only is she skilled as a teacher, she has an enthusiastic and warm personality that allows my kids to get excited about playing music! She is truly a gem!
Yvonne C. March 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My 5 and 8 years old sons have been learning piano from Ms.Trina almost a year. I was amazed at Ms. Trina's unending patience. I cannot believe I can find a piano teacher with good patience dealing with my sons. My 5 year old son was always lacking confidence to do every single thing, but through Ms. Trina's encouragement, he has gain confidence and he actually feels proud of himself when he plays something well. My 8 years old son likes to complain every single things, but he was so happy with Ms. Trina and he even told me Ms. Trina is the best teacher. Ms. Trina also customized each lesson according to my sons' needs. She is creative and fun approach to work totally engaged my sons. She is such an amazing and one of a kind teacher- her love for her work is apparent in her commitment to her students.
Born in Cebu City, Philippines in 1990, raised primarily in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and other Southeast Asian countries, and pursuing further education in the United States of America, Hopengrace ("Penny") is a Global Nomad currently situated in the Greater New York City Area.
She started taking music lessons from her mother at the age of four and learned to read music at the same time she started to read storybooks. From the age of ten, Hopengrace took violin lessons, during her parents' rare furloughs, from Mr. Frederico Regner, a World War II veteran returned from the United States. While
in the Philippines for a combined year of junior and senior level high school, she took violin lessons from Mr. Marc Hamlet Mercado and Mr. Rodelio Flores. Hopengrace has also taken coaching from Ms. Princess Christine Ybañez to prepare for competition in the Solo String (Bowed) category of the 14th National Student Convention in which she won 2nd Place.
In 2007, Hopengrace received a Presidential Scholarship from Tennessee Temple University (TTU). There she studied violin under Mrs. Laura Minor (B.Mus. Vanderbilt University, MA Music NYU). She also took piano from Mrs. Carolyn Kemp (BS Mus.Ed. Baptist Bible College, MA Mu. Ed. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and voice from Dr. William Knowles and Mr. Michael Mays (BS Mus. Perf. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, MA Church Music Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).
In 2008, as a member of TTU's Weigle Concert Choir, Hopengrace had the privilege to be chosen to sing with a combined choir in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dr. David Thye, Principal Conductor-in-Residence of MidAmerica Productions. She became a member of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Youth Orchestra (CSOYO) in the fall of that year and continued performing with them for three seasons. She also participated in the special orchestra for the annual Chattanooga Boys' Choir "Singing Christmas Tree" concerts at the Tivoli Theatre. In 2010, world-renowned violinist Midori chose CSOYO as one of two youth orchestras for her annual Orchestra Residencies Program, and Hopengrace had the rare opportunity to perform with one of her inspirations in concert.
Hopengrace became a registered Suzuki Method Violin Teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas on July 2011. She has also trained in Orff-Schulwerk.
During her travels around the world, Hopengrace struggled to keep her art alive. However, she has often been complemented for her distinctive strong, full-bodied tone and adaptability. Her range varies from Baroque to Modern. She plays on a John Cheng 1737 "King Joseph" Guarneri model violin with both wood and carbon fiber bows.
Hopengrace welcomes students and employment while she prepares for entrance in a Master of Music in Performance program. She hopes to start on that new chapter of her life in the fall of 2013. Inspired by the impact of Venezuela's El Sistema program and her own experiences during her travels, Hopengrace hopes to use her talents to enable or build similar programs both while she teaches and in the lands where she was raised.
*** Lesson Details *** TEACHING PHILOSOPHY “Play with heart. Play with living soul.” — Dr. Shinichi Suzuki As a teacher, my goal is to instruct as well as inspire each student to reach for his or her highest potential. I hope to give each student the tools to progress so that one day they can be their own best teacher, and play with a sound and style that is uniquely their own. Most importantly, I hope to instill a desire to learn and a mindset that the art of violin playing is fun and that it is just as we call it--playing. My teaching abilities range from beginning through advanced levels. Students must have a desire to learn and commit to daily (mindful) practice.
I am a Suzuki Violin teacher. This means that I am trained to work with even the youngest of musicians in a nurturing , fun and challenging way. Dr. Suzuki believed that it was important to develop a noble character in all children through the mastery of a musical instrument. He also believed that all children were capable of this mastery if the environment is saturated with music and love. My students enjoy playing the violin because they are given the tools they need to play beautifully and to make progress on their instrument. Each lesson will focus on proper set up and posture, technical work and musical direction/ideas that will inspire them to carry on their work throughout the week. I demonstrate quite a bit in the lessons, as I find it is the most effective way to communicate in music. However, I am only with the student once a week, therefore much of the lesson is geared towards helping the parent and child understand what his/her home tasks are, and how to carry them out successfully. 10 minutes of mindful practice is worth an hour of careless work. “There is no born genius. Education is the way to develop ability.” — Dr. Shinichi Suzuki Parental support and involvement is key to any child’s progress, especially at the beginning stages. Parents of young beginners are encouraged to take a few lessons before starting their child on the instrument. Parents serve as a practice coach/partner during daily home practice sessions and are required to attend and participate in their child’s lessons. Listening to recordings and attending live concerts are strongly recommended to increase musical awareness and enthusiasm in the student.
In spite of my rigorous Suzuki training, my unorthodox learning experience has taught me the value of being flexible and using methods that work best for a specific individual. I am not averse to seeking and applying a new method (eg. traditional, Masterclass, O'Connor, etc.) if the situation calls for it.
What should be expected from a Teacher/Student relationship?
I think a student should expect their teacher to give them honest, thoughtful feedback. Just enough that they can manage the information at that time. The teacher should give detailed instruction on ways the student can improve, without destroying the students sense of self worth or spirit. On the contrary, the teacher must always find a way to see the student as having great potential. This way, no matter how limited the current level of ability may be, there is hope for growth. Even without saying it, the student will feel the teachers' attitude towards him and may become that person (for better or for worse). The student should expect to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by their teacher. The teacher should expect that the student and the parents commit to daily practice, and have a desire to improve. The student must apply his/her teacher's feedback while always searching within himself for ways to develop. Mutual respect is key.
*** Studio Equipment *** living room, baby grand piano, couch, two chairs, residential area, street parking
*** Travel Equipment *** My own violin, music stand, and teaching books. I expect my students to provide their own instruments, music stand, and student books.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki, Orff-Schulwerk, classical, film, fiddle, world music, new age, popular, contemporary classical
I'm a pro saxophonist in NYC, currently performing both in the NYC area and internationally.
In the last 5 years, I have been performing with various bands in the area, spanning rock, funk, soul, Latin, and especially jazz. Performing has taken me to France, Switzerland, Italy, China, and most recently aboard luxury cruise ships.
I have been teaching privately and through a private music school for the past 10 years.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer three distinct types of lessons.
1) For 7-12 grade music students, I offer lessons geared towards preparing you for the NYSSMA compet
ition. We work on the basic requirements for participation, can work together to narrow down the options and select the right piece for you to perform, and improve your musicality as a whole. I have sent many students to NYSSMA, all with positive results. 2) My more expansive lessons are for beginner musicians and up. We work as basically as scales, modes, and fingerings, as well as a little bit of jazz history. As you progress, we dig deeper into jazz theory, focusing on the standards and improvisational theory. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it, and as long as you are willing to work towards becoming a better player, you will. 3) For NON-SAXOPHONE students with an interest in jazz improvisational techniques, I offer jazz improvisation lessons. This requires an intermediate level of proficiency on your instrument. We cover standards, different techniques to apply over different patterns of chord changes, and even basic elements of composition.
I like to keep the atmosphere light and positive during lessons, so we can have a good time and still be learning. I love to work on appropriate music that the student suggests, or has an interest in. Pending the level of the student, we may even arrange for special appearances at some of my performances. The more the merrier.
*** Studio Equipment *** 1942 Conn 6M viii Naked Lady Alto Saxophone Theo Wanne Durga 7 Mouthpiece Vandoren Jumbo Java Mouthpiece Vandoren Java Red / Vandoren ZZ Reeds Monique Pro Series Soprano Saxophone Otto Link Mouthpiece CG Conn C Melody Saxophone Akai EWI-USB Wind Synthesizer
*** Travel Equipment *** Same as "Studio Equipment".
Livia C. February 19, 2014
Saxophone Verified Student
My son Nicholas, 10 yrs old, has been taking saxophone lessons with Imraan for about a month. Searching for a young motivated teacher who is up to date with todays music is very difficult. My fear was for Nicholas to get discouraged in his saxophone playing and music with a non motivated instructor.
Imraan has been the perfect match for Nick. He is not only an excellent saxophone player but a great instructor. He motivates my son with his saxophone playing, has patients with his teachings and with kids, is up to date with todays music and most important, my son cant wait for his next lesson.
Imraan, Im glad we met you and look forward to hearing my son play in concert with you someday.
Hope D. February 17, 2014
Saxophone Verified Student
it is refreshing and exciting at each session.
he is very focused and thorough. quite professional and polite.
he makes complex things with the sax seems simple. I enjoy his teaching style. I would recommend him to anyone who desires to learn to play the sax, or for advance lessons.
Kyle J. December 29, 2013
Love Working With Him!
I study jazz saxophone with Imraan once a week. I originally found him through a recommendation from a friend, and was using him to prepare me for the All State NYSSMA auditions in my senior year of high school. The lessons were so helpful that I continued through college... Since then I've improved so much. He understands how to break down complicated information and present it to you in a way that you'll be able to understand and process. He is active in the music community, so you can drop in on a show and see him and one of his bands in action... Worth a visit.
Also, he always has a great selection of music to choose from for you to learn, and a great set of helpful tips and tools that work great for me! Highly recommend!!!!
My promise to you is to get playing and enjoying making music. I believe the world needs more music and I committed and enthusiastic about making that happen for you. So if you feel the same way, let's rock as they say! :)
I am a Berklee College of Music attedee. I have been teaching students of all ages for over 25 years. Beginners are my specialty. It brings me great satisfaction to see my students grow into good players. I teach reading, theory, harmony, scales, riffs, lics as well as many styles including rock, blues, jazz, funk, folk, reggae and classical studies, etc. Let's not
forget your favorite songs.
I am a also a music producer specializing in producing singer songwriters, bands. etc. I write songs for artists as well as with artists. I have also scored TV and radio commercials. My recording and producing experience goes back for over 15 years.
I was the co-author of Steve Vai's first guitar book "Guitar Extravaganza for which I did all the tablature.
I have also worked Dave Rosenthal of Billy Joel's band when he was with Richie Blackmore's band Rainbow. Richie was the guitarist in Deep Purple. I wrote out all the orchestra parts for the album he was working on.
After Berklee I studied guitar privately for two years with Mitch Coodley who was a teacher at Berklee. This helped sharpen my skills more as a guitar player.
Recently I recorded aand produced a song "Together We Can" with one of my students for the Together We Can contest they were having in all the public schools in New York State. The song one first prize.
I have played with, recorded and produced with Grammy award winning drummer Steve Loecher for many years.
Doron G. April 14, 2015
My 7 year old son has dream of being a rock star so I started him with an electric guitar. I spent a long time looking for the right teacher and am glad we found Greg - he is comfortable with both acoustic and electric guitars as well as being a performer himself. Another thing that I am happy about is that Greg is teaching my son how to read music properly, not just how to get by like too many guitarists out there. I expect that once my 7 year old knows how to read and gets past the beginner phase, Greg will also teach him theory. This is the old school training that too many teachers and students skip today. Good for you Greg!
Victor C. April 14, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Our son has been taking guitar lessons for about 3 months. We chose Greg because of his expertise, knowledge and ability to teach. Learning to read music might not always be easy but Greg was able to convey to our son the importance of this skill. Greg has taught my son the beauty of playing the guitar that now is very confident and happy to play . Greg is always reliable, extremely flexible and dependable. am happy to see my son learning new skills. also very happy that Greg is teaching him everything needs to know about playing the guitar.
I would highly recommend Greg as an instructor. we are extremely impressed by his abilities and professionalism.
stephanie G. April 12, 2015
My 7 yr old son recently started guitar lessons with Greg. We are very happy with his progress, and my husband, a former piano teacher is very impressed with Greg's knowledge and teaching methods. He is very patient and my son is enjoying his lessons
American violinist Emily V. is an active and versatile performer of chamber and orchestral music. As a chamber musician, Emily has appeared with the Mannes American Composers Ensemble in the ensemble's Alice Tully Hall debut. Additionally, she has collaborated with the Newman and Oltman Guitar Duo in a concert that has been broadcast on WWFM, and is a member of Trio des Waldes, a horn trio that has performed throughout NYC and on the Bucks County (PA) Performing Arts concert series.
As an orchestral violinist, she regularly performs with the Symphony of Westchester and the Chappaqua Orches
tra; previously, she served as concertmaster of the Mannes Orchestra, Columbus State University Philharmonic, and the pit orchestra for LoftOpera, and as section violinist in the Columbus and LaGrange Symphony Orchestras. She was an orchestral fellow with the National Repertory Orchestra, and has attended the Bowdoin International and Madeline Island Music Festivals.
Emily maintains a private teaching studio of over fifteen students ages 4 to adult in the NYC/Long Island area. Additionally in the summers of 2013-2015, she was Junior Faculty at the Stringwood Chamber Music Camp.
Emily received her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Columbus State University, where she was named the Presser Scholar, and received her master's from Mannes College of Music. Currently, Emily is pursuing a DMA in Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her major teachers include Daniel Phillips, Lewis Kaplan, Muneko Otani, and Sergiu Schwartz.
Katrina M. April 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
Emily was so patient and encouraging. Great first lesson!
Min H. February 10, 2015
In home Verified Student
I am excited to write a review for our awesome violin instructor~! Our little pre-teen 10 year old daughter took lessons prior Miss Emily for about 6 months but had no motivation to practice and so there was no progress. However, since we met Miss Emily, our daughter has been so motivated! Only after her first lesson, she understood how to read notes, she was engaged, and must've picked up her violin to practice at least 3 times a day for a good 20-30 minutes on her own (under no request by Miss Emily)! I believe it is because Miss Emily is very passionate about her teaching and is very encouraging towards her students. She doesn't make violin lessons a chore, rather an amazing experience!
Miss Emily is very knowledgeable and an amazing and very professional instructor! She patiently goes step by step to make sure all the basis for a firm foundation in music is there and then thoroughly goes to all the steps to keep it simple in learning! She builds great rapport and brings her personal experience to make her more relatable! I would highly recommend Miss. Emily as an instructor!
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