Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Sarah
"I've loved music and dance my whole life, and always wished that I could carry a tune. About a year ago I decided to see what I could do about it, and fou
nd my way to Rebecca.
I was nervous that a singing teacher would not want to deal with an absolute beginner like me. Rebecca immediately set my mind at ease. She has been so patient and supportive, and encourages me to push myself while keeping things fun. I've been surprised and gratified with how much I've been able to progress in less than a year, and consider Rebecca both a teacher and a friend.
Rebecca is a skilled practitioner (I love to listen to her sing) but has a gift for teaching and takes a professional approach to her work. She thoughtfully tailors her approach based on my skill level and interests, and remembers where we are lesson to lesson.
I've progressed in my singing, but the lessons have also had a positive impact on my life in other ways, such as my speaking voice when presenting at work, how stress manifests in my face, even my "oms" in yoga class are better. :)
I look forward to my lessons as an opportunity to explore my own creativity and vocal capabilities, and can wholeheartedly recommend Rebecca to other non-professionals."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Steve
"Fun and inspiring teacher!
If you are looking for a fun, optimistic, and talented teacher TJ is your guy. Every time we get together to make music TJ is
full of life and always has a smile on his face. His knowledge about music theory and history is amazing and he can back up that knowledge when he picks up any instrument whether it be guitar, piano, bass, or even mandolin. The great thing about TJ is he inspires you to want to get better at whatever it is you want to get better at. He is patient and understands everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. He can get along with anyone of any age. I highly recommend TJ as your teacher no matter what level you are at."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by David
Nick does a great job in all respects. He's well-versed in a lot of styles and is capable of teaching pretty much anything you want to lear
n on drum set. One thing that's set him apart from other teachers I've had is how he's able to precisely identify flaws in your playing while offering specific and direct ways to eliminate those flaws. If you take lessons from Nick and follow his instructions you're definitely going to become a better player."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Vince
"My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years
later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.
We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Deanna
My daughter, now age 7, has been taking piano lessons with Jenny for 9 months now. She is progressing quickly. Jenny is patient with her,
even when my daughter is not interested and squirming around in her seat. She has given her a broad amount of knowledge, both theory and practical, and my daughter flourishes (when she wants to)! Jenny has tried to make it more fun for my daughter to keep her interest by creating easy versions of songs that my daughter will enjoy playing and singing. This has made a world of difference to my daughter. Even though my daughter dislikes practicing, I can see that she is progressing and enjoys playing when she learns how to properly play a song."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Gabriela
"I am so glad that I had the privilege of meeting Cosima and having her as my singing instructor. Singing is something that I always loved and still do, so
I was nervous to show my flaws, but Cosima was always very encouraging. She listened carefully and always tried to find a way to help me reach what ever goal we were working on. Even though I had so much trouble with my voice she never gave up on me, she always tried to figure out different exercises that would help me out. She always asked what she could do better as an instructor to help me reach my goal. One thing I loved receiving were my lesson notes, because I could look over them and remind myself on what I needed to work on. She is extremely understanding! And very patient! I miss my lessons with her! She is the most wonderful, down to earth person and is great at what she does!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Claire
"What a wonderful, encouraging, patient teacher! This is our first experience with violin and the Suzuki method. My almost 6 year old came home today fro
m her lesson smiling from ear to ear and said, "I had so much fun!" I am amazed at the sound that I'm hearing from her violin already. Charlene is one of those special teachers that all parents hope to find."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Shatzi
"Very friendly, great with kids"
Fort Pierce, FL teacher:
Review by Felipe
"Ruth is the best violin and piano teacher that TakeLessons has to offer. She's really patient, down to earth, and super talented. She knows and understand
s music just like a pro and can work really well with students of all ages! She's even given my infant son a few lessons on the piano and now he loves to play! If your interested in high quality lessons, you better pick Ruth!!!!!!"
After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my ho
me studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).
A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.
My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!
*** Studio Equipment *** Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio. Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!
*** Specialties *** Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
Mary Beth Hayes May 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
David is very relaxed and put me at ease instantly. He was very interested in my knowledge base and goals so he could fine tune the lessons for me. My only dissapointment is that he doesn't have an hour time slot available yet.
Paul K. May 8, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Dave is able to work with me, a beginner, and provide me with enough challenge so that I keep learning and also keep interested in drums. He has a great sense of humor along with patience which is important with a teacher whom is teaching a beginner. At times he will also take out a guitar and play along which adds to the fun.
LeahM June 13, 2012
We at absolutely pleased with David. Our son loves to play his guitar and is always enthusiastic of his teacher.
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection. After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the gui
On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar. Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to be a musician, not just a technician.
*** Lesson Details *** A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.
I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.
*** Specialties *** Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
Bobby O. July 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
Trevor is an amazing teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have come across for music, and I've had several. He has a near encyclopedic knowledge on almost all things music from composition to theory with a genuine interest in the material as well as teaching it. He is extremely patient, friendly, and kind of a nerd on several fronts, in the best, most awesome way possible I mean. If you want a truly comprehensive understanding of music from someone who knows what he is talking about and is fun to learn from, I'd say go with Trevor.
Christina Frangos April 30, 2015
Trevor has been my 12 year-old daughter's drum teacher for over a year and has started teaching my 14 year-old daughter and me the guitar. Above all, Trevor instills his love of music into every lesson...and to every student. He custom-tailors each lesson to the student's style, needs and goals. Lessons are always fun, positive and productive. He is responsible, always on time and communicates well. Trevor has been a great find. He is an amazing teacher.
Christopher R. January 3, 2015
Blues Guitar ·
Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was looking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.
He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher.
I've been teaching/tutoring music since 2007 with experience teaching music theory, aural skills, piano, and guitar. I can help students with a variety of musical tasks. The program I was enrolled in at SDSU ensured that I had a good grasp of a wide variety of instruments.
*** Lesson Details *** Piano students can expect to be started with Faber Piano Adventures. Guitar students may get Alfred's Guitar Course or a book on classical guitar depending on the maturity/level of the student.
After a few months, beginning students should expect to have gained a firm grasp of the basics of unde
rstanding music notation and should be able to play at least basic pieces.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room f/w keyboard seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have their own instruments, especially piano, and amplifiers and cables if applicable. If I am teaching recording then they should have their own workstation with computer, interface, and either monitors or 2 sets of headphones. I expect students to have their own copies of any relevant books/materials as instructed.
I will bring my own writing materials and guitar if necessary.
*** Specialties *** Piano - classical and rock/pop. Guitar - rock/pop, classical, and jazz. I prefer to start students with classical when possible as a means of getting hands to start finger-picking early.
Octavia P. August 14, 2015
I am currently taking piano lessons from Masa and can highly recommend him as a bright, talented, sensitive, and competent teacher. With great confidence, I encourage anyone interested in piano lessons to contact Masa.
michael S. September 24, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Guitar fun in El Cajon
Alex is a talented artist and teacher. You will learn more than just learning your instrument. He is very helpful and generous in giving you related information pertaining to your instrument. You can't go wrong. Want to learn guitar ? Well, call and ask about Alex. Michael Simpson (Jamul)
Hello everyone! My name is Amanda O., and I am a Harpist, Voice teacher, Therapeutic Musician, Life Coach, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, and Vocalist who has over 18 years of experience as a classical vocalist and performer. By 9 years old, I began training as an opera singer and have merged my love of classical vocals with the therapeutic harp. I am currently a full-time Dean's list student at San Diego State University, pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and have completed an
internship at Apreva Hospice. I have experience playing therapeutic harp music at over 30 different facilities around San Diego, such as Narzerath House, Bay View, Bella Vista, Monte Vista Village, and La Mesa Health Care Center, as well as making In-Home visits. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities around SD! I also have experience playing for the actively dying for hospice and consider it an honor to be of musical assistance for people in transition.
I love to teach and can make my harp and voice lessons unique to each individual based on their current skill level. I love watching people expand and grow through music. Your lessons will be engaging, compassionate, fun, and organized! Each lesson will encourage you to become excited about your musical growth and inspire you to continue. I offer something unusual for a harp teacher in that I can teach both improvisation and music theory for the harp. This means that you will get the best of both worlds!
I also have obtained education from the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies here in San Diego, where I have learned about herbal medicine. I am well versed in many alternative therapies (such as E.F.T., meditation, therapeutic music, Ayurvedic medicine, amino acid therapy, etc.) and can provide compassion, understanding, and strategies for alleviating suffering as a Life Coach. My education towards my Master's degree in Psychology also helps me increase my understanding of the human condition and offer additional support for anxiety, depression, addiction, and other stresses. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of freedom, safety, comfort, and relaxation. I hope to provide loving assistance for anyone seeking someone who cares and will put in the time to truly listen and offer advice.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please let me know how I can be of service to you!
Sharon L. August 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amanda is a fantastic instructor. She is very positive, kind, professional and encouraging. I had a lot of fun with my first harp lesson. Looking forward to the next one. Definitely very talented and knowledgeable in all aspects of the musical field.
Adrienne W. June 10, 2015
Online Verified Student
I love my lessons with Amanda! i recently had surgery on my wrist due to a work injury. After just a few lessons, she's altered my technique so that now I play without pain! PLUS I'm a student at Therapy Harp Training Program and she's a certified therapeutic harp practitioner! I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to guide me in this specialized field. She's a gifted teacher and I highly recommend her!!
Lesly S. May 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amanda is amazing she is patient and kind. She takes her time making sure that you as the student understand the material and can perfect the technique needed for the the harp. The harp is the first instrument I have ever played I didn't think I would be able to play since i have no music experience at all, but Amanda has helped me in every step of the way. If you wish to learn don't shy away from your wish just find a wonderful instructor like Amanda. One who takes her time with you and explains in different ways in case you don't understand the music symbols. She is extremely experienced with the folk harp she is very supportive and doesn't give up on you. Because of her I am excited to go to class and learn new things. My goal is to be an amazing harp player and I know that with her help I will be able to reach that goal. Amanda is just an amazing teacher and I am very fortunate to be learning from her. :)
Hi, my name is Amanda. I am an upbeat, dedicated and enthusiastic musician. I am passionate about helping you to reach your goals, and healthfully achieve your most beautiful sound. I can't wait to work with you!
I am currently studying at San Diego State University where I am pursuing a degree in vocal performance. As an avid learner and experienced performer, I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is accessible, honest, and catered to each individual student. My number one goal is to create a safe atmosphere for creativity and growth.
California native, Amanda O., is currently in pursuit of her Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance at the San Diego State University where she studies with Laurinda Nikkel.
Recently, Ms. O. was selected as a soloist for the Stephen Paulus oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra in May of 2015.
Ms. O. was the 1st place winner in her division of the San Diego National Association of Teachers of Singing 2015, and the 3rd place in her division in 2013.
In the summer of 2014, Ms. O. attended the prestigious young artist program Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy where she studied italian opera performance with Benton Hess, Hugh Murphy, Robert Cowart, and others. She is also a proficient Italian speaker.
She has performed roles at SDSU Lyric Opera Theater, and has also sung solos with the choirs at SDSU.
I would like my students to come to their lesson warmed up and ready to sing so that we can jump right into technical exercises. I begin every voice lesson with vocal exercises, which will help improve vocal and breath technique. Then we will move on to theory, sight singing, and other musicianship exercises, if the student wishes to do so. The last part of the lesson will be devoted to repertoire study. To get the most out of lessons I recommend at least an hour of practice outside of lessons each week.
I use many of different books for my students depending on their voice type, age and preferred genre of study. I will cater each piece I assign to what I believe is the healthiest way to develop your voice. After 6 months with me students can expect to understand basic singing technique and be seeing a significant change in their sound. Students who choose to incorporate musicianship/theory/sight singing into lessons with me can expect, at minimum, to understand how to read music, basic music notation, note names, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm, solfege syllables, major and minor scales, and basic harmonic relationships.
Singing is a physical and full-bodied experience, so be ready to move and be silly with me sometimes. The voice is different than any other instrument because we don't have strings, buttons, or valves to press to help us achieve the right sound. Our instrument is inside our bodies. The voice is a very complicated instrument, and thus, in my opinion, is much more rewarding than many other instruments to master. I encourage all my students to record their lessons to use during the week to practice with. Please come to my lessons planning to work hard and have fun!
Upright piano/Electric Keyboard, repertoire books, and seating for parents or other respectful observers
Travel Equipment I expect my student to be able to provide a piano or weighted keyboard with a bench for me. I provide a mirror, music, and a CD player if necessary.
I specialize in classical voice training and believe this style of singing to be an imperative source of proper singing and breathing technique that can be used to train singers of all genres.
Preston June 29, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Amanda taught me how to improve my breathing and overall vocal technique, especially expanding my baritone and tenor ranges and helping me learn how to "land on the note" instead of "sliding into it." Kind, enthusiastic, a great listener with just the right amount of patience and direction to help one improve their ability.
I've had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with Amanda. Her passion for singing and growth is inspirational.
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