Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Christopher
"Kristina is a great teacher! She's very versatile and has lots of experience. She's easy to talk to and easy to work with. She helps you work on your wea
knesses to improve."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Dana
"Brenton is just terrific with my 8 year old son who is a beginner. He makes it fun for Gus and my kid actually comes home from violin / fiddle lessons say
ing "It was awesome!". He then will actually practice at home-- and Gus is normally one lazy kid. I observed one lesson where they laughed through it even as my kid learned. Parents or nanny are welcome to sit in on the lesson or hang out in the comfortable living room just a few feet away. Brenton obviously is really at ease with kids and kids respond to him equally well."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"She was wonderful! Her teaching style is very personable. She is very flexible. She takes her time with you. Certainly recommend!"
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Saacha
"Excellent teaching style!
Vanessa has incredible wisdom for the VOICE! She has so much to offer in the way of teaching both the knowledge and the physica
l aspects of speaking and singing. She is so encouraging and upbeat. A few sessions we laughed and laughed. The first time I felt the strong vibration of my own voice in my head (like a bell vibrating and ringing) I laughed so hard! It tickled and I had never felt anything like it before! It is cool! She is helping me heal and recover my voice and I am so very grateful! I was in the middle of doing a voice acting job and just the other day my customer said she loved it because the final record was confident and had more pep than the previous records. I am so happy about that! My voice acting school instructor told me I would benefit from singing lessons. I knew I needed to take them if anyone was going to take my business skills seriously. I was right and so happy to have found Vanessa for the job!!! I will be going back to Vanessa for more classes early next year for the continuing of my progress! She is an excellent teacher and someone I love to have as my mentor and guide in the voice industry! Thank you all so much!!!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Jeremy
"Cristina is knowledgeable, patient and a great teacher for me. I'm really excited about the progress I've made in just 3 short weeks and I know I want to
go as far as I can in drumming.
I'm normally self-conscious and nervous about learning new skills, esp if I feel like I'm not able to be GREAT at it right away. But Cristina put me at ease right away and has helped me to be laid back and patient. That's a big deal.
She's an awesome drummer too."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Katie
"Evan's lessons are structured and creative -- a combo that's hard to find and essential to learning. Evan plays close attention to my style and tailors le
ssons to meet my needs. I leave each lesson with new techniques that are helping me become able to play the music I want to play. I've noticed a huge difference in what I can do since I started working with him! Evan is an advanced drummer who hasn't forgotten what it's like to still be learning the fundamentals and is genuinely interested in helping you get to the next level."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Barbara
"My family has had three very rewarding experiences working with David.
I was a fairly serious piano-player until my 20s, then played off and on. When
I was 49 I decided that I'd like to mark my 50th by giving a short piano recital. David was willing to take up the challenge of working with me. He started by literally re-teaching me techniques, which on the one-hand was frustrating in the short-term and on the other hand was absolutely necessary in the long-term. He guided me in selecting appropriate repertoire - challenging, but not so extremely difficult that I could't handle it. And he patiently worked with me for a year as I learned Brahms, Schubert, Bach, and others. And, with his help, I did it. My recital was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. David helped me technically and musically, but was also extremely supportive emotionally as I grappled with nerves, self-doubt, frustration, etc. along the way.
On another note, David taught both my children, now 15 and 13. My now-13 year-old son had some talent, but was a distracted student. David worked with him patiently for 2 years, and my son's playing improved. He just never practiced. Finally, I realized that no amount of maternal nagging was going to get a teenager to do something he wasn't into, and I told David I thought we should stop. I credit David with being completely understanding and agreeable -he wasn't trying to 'keep' a student for the sake of a lesson fee.
And finally, my daughter started lessons with David after having had lessons for several years with another teacher. David worked on re-doing her technique. It took a bit of time for her to get into the groove, but now she is really enjoying her practicing, enjoying her lessons, and making fast progress.
From all of this, I can safely say that David is an adaptable, flexible teacher, who has his student's best interests at heart. I would highly recommend him as a teacher. Try him!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dakota
"Michael really helped me develop my ability to communicate effectively when trying to arrange songs with other players.
He's incredibly easy to be aro
und, setting the right mood for students of any experience level to receive instruction, ask questions, and try things out.
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Tyler
"Ross is the best - hands down. Very patient and highly knowledgeable."
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.
I have been taking the world by surprise since the age of 4. I began studying at Queens College at 6 years old and was a recital pianist by the age of 12. I was a consumer of music, from the Music Theory lessons on Saturdays, piano lessons on Thursdays and voice lessons on Saturday afternoons, my life was filled with music.
It is to no one's surprise that I completed my first demo at the age of 13 and was performing for Queens Colleges audiences at 14. I went on the rank high in the NYSSMA series in both piano and voice. I also went on to study music in college and began touring with gospe
l troupes nationally. Since then I has done many workshops, Master Classes, tour dates, theatre shows etc. Too many to date. I am a sought after teacher for voice, piano and broadway singing. I train public speakers, actors and teachers as well.
Get your slot NOW! I will take your musicianship and skill to the next level! But you have to be ready!
*** Lesson Details *** Here are some details about the lessons:
1. Please come with a notebook and pen 2. Each lesson consists of vocal exercises, breathing exercises, goal setting, artist development etc 3. After 3 moths CONSISTENTLY with me, you will be transformed
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio in home with seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** Black and white notebook 25 Italian songs and arias Alfred's Piano Book 1
*** Specialties *** The foundation of all my teaching stems from my background in opera.
Mia G. August 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was a pleasure meeting Danielle.. very friendly and outgoing individual. she made my daughter and I feel very welcome and Mia felt super comfortable being with her.. this was our first session and I felt a very good vibe. can't wait to continue our journey with Danielle because I truly believe it will be a great one.. Thanks Danielle... :)
Esther A. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was a wonderful experience taking lessons with Danielle. She is amazing! I recommend her to everyone.
Zoey July 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
DanielleI is a professional trained singer that offers meaningful and productive vocal nstruction to my daughter. She is has a lot of knowledge and we look forward to continue working with her.
-Guitarist, songwriter, teacher, band-leader, all around musician, writer, photographer....been playing music for over 25 years and teaching for over 11 years. - Highlights include performances at "The House of Blues" in New Orleans and The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado opening up for national acts. (Jerry Garcia Band, Keller Wiiiams) -Taught numerous private and group lessons over the years. - Involved with music summer camps and guitar seminars for children. - Began studying guitar with Jeff Tillman (Westchester, NY) who has played in various jazz bands with people like Bucky Pizzarelli.
(famous jazz guitarist) -I am currently listening to artists like Ray Lamontagne, David Gray, Galactic and Medeski Martin and Wood. -Keep your mind open to all kinds of music! Lots of improvising on it for those of you interested in learning more about soloing!
Here's my full bio! In the past, Dan toured with The Boulevards based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. He spent about 7 years in Colorado in the 90's absorbing the music scene in Boulder and working the clubs in Denver. He first landed out west moving to Boulder, Colorado after he graduated college in 1994. Here, he met a lot of great musicians and worked with Samples producer Walt Beery at a local music store where guys like Big Head Todd and other popular Colorado musicians would stop in. He once played a gig up in Nederland, Colorado with Dave Watts (The Motet) and Erik Deutsch (Charlie Hunter Trio) among others and although got a little lost on the jazz changes, he hung in there. Now, in 2014, Dan would be more than ready to tackle that gig! For you aspiring musicians, that's what time, performance and practice will eventually do...Anyway, there was (and still is) a great music vibe in Boulder however, Dan wanted a change and moved to Denver in 1998. At the time, The Boulevards were a hard working swing and blues band playing all over the state and touring when they could. At this point, Dan was really digging into the life of a working musician, sweating it out at the clubs and eagerly anticipating the next one. (not too different from today) The Boulevards played multiple venues in New Orleans during several Jazz Fest's and Mardi Gras. Pierre Masperos, Bombay Club, Vic's Kangaroo Cafe and The Dream Palace were some of the venues, although a few no longer exist. Those were important musical experiences for Dan shaping what would be, his own funky style. After The Boulevards, he formed his own band called Rare Form who were based in Denver. He also recorded an all original cd recruiting some of Denver's finest session players. Dave Cieri the keyboardist for the popular jam band (at the time) Chief Broom did some excellent keyboard work on the album. The power trio was an all original project with LA studio musician Beto Hale on drums and Denver's own Steve Morrow on bass. That was a hot trio however, Dan was frustrated living in Denver and missed the big city. A recording at the Soiled Dove in downtown Denver was the band's highlight with "A Groove" recorded at that point. In 2001, he relocated to Long Beach, New York which had always been close to his heart and continued writing and recording music. Now, reflecting on his current New York band The DF Project, "At first the band was a trio and then a five piece. We had a keyboardist and then we didn't. That's how band's go. People come and go sometimes. Recorded at a recent performance in Manhattan at The Underscore, are two new tunes on the page. They are "Warning Sign" and a funky one called "New Orleans". Several years ago, he spent some time in the studio rehearsing with former Jason Bonham Band guitarist Tony Catania. That band never took off.. oh well they would of been hot! He's also done gigs with some of the areas finest musician's including George Panos from the popular band Mystic and Manny Focarazzo who currently plays keyboards for Alan Parson's Project. He's also jammed with Primo guitarist Dean Brown who plays with Stanley Clarke's band among others. He also has several other projects in the works he hopes to perform with in 2009. In 2005, he wanted a break from music and began painting. Some examples of his work (photography included) can be viewed under "pics" or on the picture collage. In 2007, Dan performed over 130 gigs in the New York City and Long Island area as both a solo artist and with several bands. The challenge of performing for roughly two decades now has proven positive with gigs under his belt at The Knitting Factory in Manhattan, Kenny's Castaway's (didn't Bruce play there?), The Fox Theatre in Boulder, and The House of Blues in New Orleans to name a few. Dan has opened up for such artists as Keller Williams, Jerry Garcia Band w/Melvin Seals and Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, a New Orleans blues musician. He also placed second in the LIBS solo competition in 2007. Dan has recorded over the years with a number of independent artist's. The new lineup for 2014 is exciting! With Jon Gray, Chris Gardner and William Johnson Jr now making up the band the sound is right where Dan wants it! "I'm glad we have a keyboard involved..."
*** Lesson Details *** Teaching is like anything else, you need to put in the time in order to become better at it. There is a certain method or art in teaching that through time, develops as you work at it. My attitude is this: each person deserves a custom-designed method for their individual needs.
Some people start out on their instrument knowing absolutely nothing about music. Others can remember things like sight reading or tempo from classes taken during their school years. These variables need to be recognized and a student needs to be developed using their strengths. I try and keep my lessons informative and flowing smoothly.
I keep in mind there are a lot of instructional videos floating around on the internet. I have seen some of them and there are certain benefits in watching these videos. However, I firmly believe nothing takes the place of a good lesson one on one.
Not only does it personalize the learning process, but it makes it more fun and more hands on. Sometimes, in order to keep my lessons productive, I pretend I am videotaping myself. This way, I concentrate on spending my time wisely and getting my information across as clearly and concisely as possible.
I also concentrate on keeping the lesson fun and interesting in order to stimulate the student to want to come back for the next one. I teach all styles, jazz, blues, rock, country, classical so depending on your goals, we can customize the lesson to what you want to achieve! (and have fun doing it too!!)
*** Studio Equipment *** Line 6 Guitar Amp, Fender Blues Junior III Guitar Amp. Hartke Bass Amp, Yamaha E403 Keyboard.
*** Travel Equipment *** For guitar students I expect them to bring their
own instrument. I can lend out a guitar or a bass temporarily. You
can always rent an instrument for our lesson if you don't want to
*** Specialties *** Guitar and Bass, Songwriting, Improvisation, Songs, Sightreading
Scott K. June 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Dan balanced teaching the music theory and the right way to play with making sure I was engaged in the process and learning songs. He also helped me connect the dots on certain scales that are common in much of my favorite music.
Michael D. February 25, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
The teacher is skilled and enjoyable
I am enjoying Dan as a teacher
He is very skilled and enjoyable to learn to play guitar
He is focused and competent
Dan F. January 18, 2014
Had a lot of patience and was knowledgeable! Taught me chords, scales, songs, sightreading, music theory and more. Was a helpful instructor when I had questions.
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
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