Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by YVETTE
"Great experience for my daughter."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Cuba
"A great piano teacher is the key to success - at any age.
It is with great pleasure that I review my piano teacher of one year, Emma M. I took a few mont
hs lessons at age 7 and a few months in my teens and again in my 20s. After being separated from a piano for 30 years, I knew I had to get back to the music I always yearned to play. I searched TakeLessons.com for a piano teacher, and Emma M.'s resume caught my attention. Emma M. understands the adult learner. She helps me focus on what is important as an adult learning to play piano. Emma helps me to set goals, and she focuses my lessons on those goals. Emma M. is a professional educator who understands the human condition, and she puts her knowledge to practice. I am grateful to have found a knowledgeable, dedicated, encouraging, and motivating teacher in Emma M. I feel I have progressed, and I look forward to many more years of learning piano with Emma M."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Marriah
"My daughter is currently taking beginner's piano lessons with TJ. He is extremely patient and encouraging. TJ makes the lessons fun and teaches at a pace
that is right for the student. My daughter isn't afraid to ask questions and doesn't feel intimidated when she doesn't understand something. TJ is a great teacher. We couldn't ask for more!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Robert
"Overall a great experience teaching an old dog a new trick!
I really enjoyed working with and learning the guitar from AJ. He is incredible with his ear
for music and ability to play a variety of guitars! He was patient with me as I started to learn guitar at the age of 49! He was very encouraging and I would highly recommend him to anyone who has never played before. AJ made the chords incredibly simple to learn and I was amazed at how quickly I could actually play something that sounded like music!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Ali
"Jonah is a great teacher!
We were so happy to find Jonah to teach our son piano. Our son really responded to Jonah's style which was relaxed but very pro
fessional. There was quick progress in his ability. Jonah connects really well with his students and is very reliable and great at communicating on scheduling, etc. High praise for Jonah!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by y
"I'm so blessed to have met Jan! Not only is she very talented and skilled in what she does, she's also very intuitive and caters to each students' needs.
From beginners to advanced, she's an amazing teacher. I would definitely recommend Jan!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sam
"Janice has taught me Piano from the time I was 9 years old until I was 17 and leaving for college. She gave me the best experience a young and eager stude
nt could ever ask for and now I am entered in the Music Industry program at Drexel University ! I couldn't be more pleased with her jovial manor or her extensive skill. Thanks for everything Janice !"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Aryo
"Best teacher i've had
Dan is amazing. I've had him as a teacher for a few years and I have already learned to play Hotel California, Johnny B. Goode, and
many other songs. Dan brings his own equipment so that you can get printed handouts whenever you want. He is quite instructive and explains things in simplest terms. If you are having some trouble with something, he breaks it down into smaller pieces. Dan is definitely the best teacher I have had."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Bryan
"I've taught myself how to play guitar and if I had it to do all over again I would have chosen to classes from a proper instructor. Drew helped me to ide
ntify the areas I've been struggling with in my playing, giving me insight, study and practice materials that were easy to understand and to follow.
Beyond that, Drew is just a really great guy to learn from. His approach is disciplined but relaxed. I didn't feel like I was just running drills and learning a lot of unnecessary information. The lesson was geared to exactly what I needed and he didn't talk over my head.
*** Lesson Details *** My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!
I like to get right to the experience of actually playing music. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.
My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.
I want student
s to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play bass lines on the piano and we lock into a groove. For piano students, I play along with drums or percussion. It's important for students to learn how to play with others, and to listen and get inspired by what's around them.
Students will have the option to perform in a student recital where you are backed by a band of professional musicians!
***John D.'s Biography***
I was born in Amsterdam, Holland, where my father worked as an opera singer. While listening to vocal warm-up arpeggios, my mother bounced me on her knee and taught me rhythms and rhymes.
In my family we beatbox, play piano, and sing together. The family moved to the States in 1995 where my parents worked as music teachers. My Dad is a voice professor at the University of Wisconsin, and my Mom runs an amazing music program at Country View Elementary School in Verona, WI.
I played in the band program throughout high-school and had an amazing and demanding music teacher and highly talented friends. The drumset became my passion and I played, blissfully and recklessly, as often possible. Our teacher took the high school band on a concert tour of Europe in 2002 in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
The band program led me to classical and contemporary music at the University of Wisconsin, where I honed my craft and discovered the profound breadth of music around the world. I paid my way through college as a member of the WI Army National Guard Band, a great wind ensemble with jazz and rock band components, and slowly built a career as a musician. I took every gig that came my way and created my own if nobody was calling. Pretty soon I became "the guy in, like, 8 different bands", including Funk, Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African bands. I've been working as a musician ever since, performing several nights per week, and teaching during the day.
I began teaching drum lessons to my friends when I was about 18 and realized I was really good at it. I began taking on private students and teaching group lessons and classes. Students of mine have achieved the highest ranks at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Wisconsin, and auditioned into the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. I am on the annual faculty Wildcat Percussion Camp, was adjunct faculty at New York University, and directed the world percussion ensemble at the University of Wisconsin. I've worked as a teacher with the Madison Area School District, Wisconsin Youth Company, YMCA, Global Arts to Go, University Settlement, and in many different public schools in the New York metro area. I taught a high school class called "The Spirit of Jazz", and
I've learned how to be a real teacher, to put myself in your shoes to help you achieve your potential as a drummer, and as a musician. My teaching style is to de-mystify the art of percussion: getting great sounds out of the drums, being prepared for any style, practicing productively, and focusing your mind.
I have a Bachelor's degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from NYU, and have traveled to Africa, Europe, and Latin America to perform, record, and study. I have performed with Badal Roy (Miles Davis), Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Brad Shepik, Lenny Pickett, Chuchito Valdez, and many other great musicians. I was Adjunct Faculty at NYU's jazz program, and at the University of Wisconsin dance program. I've given masterclasses at Juilliard, University of Michigan, Lawrence Conservatory, and many other colleges. I played for 5 months in the Off-Broadway show "Fun Home", and toured and gigged with a wide variety of bands.
I've recorded on nearly 20 albums and have been involved in many other projects. Ask me anything you want in our music lessons!
Mike T. September 22, 2014
I have been a colleague of John's for 16 years and he has always impressed me with his constant dedication to the craft of music. Though he is incredibly talented, he has always been one that works hard and asks questions without fear. In my experience, this is the kind of person that makes the best teachers. He has always loved music, drums, all percussion and more recently has been learning so much about music technology and how to express yourself with any media available. It would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to study with him!
Daniel P. August 24, 2014
I was pretty new to drumming when I first started taking lessons from John, and I could barely play a simple back beat. Long story short - within 6 months I was playing my first show!
I was looking for a teacher with both rock/jazz and classical background, so John fit the bill perfectly. He also knows a lot about Latin American percussion and other styles from around the world, and has a great understanding of how these different styles relate to each other and the various techniques which can be applied.
During the first few lessons, we discussed my background and aims, and came up with a solid plan for how I should proceed. John's broad experience was really helpful for this process. I had been playing guitar and piano for many years before I started on drums, so I already had a decent grounding in musicality and theory. We therefore focused mainly on technique during lessons. John has a real gift for explaining things in an easily understandable way, as well as going into detail when required. Whenever I had trouble with a particular technique, John's advice would help me overcome it. He is also very helpful in suggesting suitable exercises and repertoire. John also provides a private blog containing lesson notes and useful links, and he was also happy for me to record lessons, which I found very useful. With John's help, I was able to progress pretty quickly, and after 6 months I started playing in a band with some friends, which has been awesome fun.
John is super friendly and engaging, and this makes lessons with him great fun. As well as being a fantastic drummer, it is clear that he really cares about the quality of his lessons, and about his students. I'm sure he would make a great teacher for students of all ability/background. John, you rock! Thanks!
Annie H. October 13, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Great Musician & Great Teacher
My son started taking lessons with John when he was 7. During the past few months my son has become more aware of the music around him. He looks forward to drums every week. John has great patients and is amazing at connected with children. He is able to keep my son focused, which can be a hard task of itself. He offers instruction while still valuing the individual's personality and taste. John not only shares his knowledge and personal experiences, but his passion.
Paige, soprano, is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she was a member of the Knoxville Opera Studio. Most recently, she appeared as a soloist for Marble City Opera's "Night of Horror and Mayhem." Other appearances include ‘Rose’ in Street Scene, ‘Donna Elvira’ in Don Giovanni, ‘Ann Putnam’ in The Crucible, ‘Alma Way’ in The Village Singer, scenes at the Harrower Opera Workshop including ‘Manon’ (Manon), ‘Elektra’ (Idomeneo), and ‘First Lady’ (Die Zauberflöte), as well as numerous events in the Knoxville area, such as the Clarence Brown Theater’s ‘Amadeus’ (Katherina Cavalieri).
Paige currently teaches voice and music appreciation at Pellissippi State Community College. She holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance as well as a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from Texas State University. Paige is a student of Jeremy Silver.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer a relaxed atmosphere for serious learning and musical growth! I provide music from my own library, tailored to your experience level and vocal goals. Lessons are geared to improve vocal tone, music reading skills, and musical confidence.
*** Studio Equipment *** The home studio offers wood floors and large windows for lots of light. The room is spacious with an upright piano. Seating for parents is available in the adjoining living room. *Parking Note: I have a shared driveway, so please park under the plum tree in front of the house.
On Wednesdays, I teach at an alternate location, so please take note of that when scheduling!
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Operatic Voice, sight singing using solfege, and rhythm skills using the down-up system. I have been studying private voice at the university level since August of 2003 and participated in choirs from August 1999-present, learning sight singing and rhythm skills as well as choral vocal technique. I currently teach voice at the college level, with art song and folk song based repertoire.
Carlos G. May 6, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Paige has an amazing way to teach her students the fundementals of singing!
I love the way she teaches. She helps me to understand and comprehen what she is teaching. I highly recomend her as a singing teacher. :)
Brooks W. September 9, 2012
Singing Verified Student
Paige is a great teacher and a friendly person.
Paige Patrick, a Great Teacher
Paige is another wonderful teacher. Chloe has been with 4 teachers with Take-Lessons in the last 3 and 1/2 years.. They change because they are all Opera students at UT, and as soon as they can, off they go to New York City! However, that has been a very good thing!!! Chloe has learned something wonderful from each of them that the last one didn't teach. She could take anyone available but so far she goes with the teacher her last teacher recommends. She tried out two from the list when Anna left for New Your City to join one of Chloe 's previous teachers, Dixie.
Chloe picked Paige and loves the comfort level she has with .her. Paige is very personable, easy to get along with, and a geat teacher. Chloe has just told me that the new technique Paige is teachng her has improved her voice in her school chior. Chloe is delighted with this, because she was at the point where practice was the main improver of her voice and now because of Paige she has a new technique.
Chloe and I, (her mother), would highly recommend Paige Patrick.
Began violin lessons at age 8. At age 15 was accepted into the elite program at the School of Music in Odessa, Ukraine. Continued on to one of the premier music Universities in the world: Kiev State Conservatory, where I received a Masters degree in Teaching and Performing arts. Throughout my higher education I have held Violin Instructor positions first at the Kiev Music School and then at the Conservatory.
My Professional Career in Ukraine and USA includes performance with numerous symphony and chamber groups, such as Kiev Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera,
San Jose Symphony. I am passionate and dedicated to my Art which is reflected in my teaching style and in the results my students consistently achieve. My ultimate goal as an instructor is to convey to my students the beauty of making music. I define success to be the ability to see the joy that playing for yourself and others brings to you and your audience.
*** Lesson Details *** My Method and Goals:
Proper technique is the key to producing extraordinary sound and growing as a violist. I ensure that my students gain solid understanding of these fundamentals first and foremost. A significant part of the first few lessons will be devoted to developing proper posture and hold of the instrument. A good violinist must be relaxed to prevent muscle tension and produce those rich, spellbinding notes. Soon the instrument begins to feel like an extension of the hands, and students begin to progress much quicker, seeing (and hearing) surprising results. I can follow the Suzuki method if requested, but much prefer principles of the Russian School. I will be happy to discuss the benefits of each with you.
*** Studio Equipment *** on ground floor of townhouse w/ seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Student has to have his own instrument. I can provide the music sheets
*** Specialties *** Classical music. Mostly traditional Russian method of violin teaching, also Suzuki.
Linda K. December 18, 2013
Incredible Training - A Perfect Match
We interviewed many teachers, and then I found Larisa. Providing incredible training in classical techniques combined with a spirit of playfulness and fun, sheâs been the perfect teacher for my daughter
Sara D. December 18, 2013
A Great Violin Teacher
My daughter has been taking lessons with Larisa for three years and has made incredible progress. She began as a viola player and Larisa gave her lessons on that instrument as well. She was very helpful in making the transition to violin. Larisa works on technique as well as musicality so that the student develops into a well rounded musician. Larisa is the type of teacher who communicates clearly so that the student is able to immediately grasp the new concepts. She is a wonderful violinist and is able to demonstrate by playing beautifully as well as explaining. Larisa is extremely knowledgeable about the different periods of music and composers and shares this in her teaching. She has an easygoing personality and my daughter immediately connected with her. I would highly recommend Larisa for your student.
Vita V. December 7, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Perfect balance of professionalism and passion
Larisa was not our first teacher but she is no doubt the best one. She is highly professional, she accentuates the right positioning of the hands, but the music and emotional expression is on the first place. She combines the best of the Russian music teaching tradition with very attentive and fun environment for kids. She is very sensitive to child's needs and structure her lesson very individually . Not to mention her excellent communication and reliability. She also has a very positive attitude and my daughter is always looking forward to her violin lessons. Thank you, Larisa!
I have worked with children with autism and other learning difficulties. I love helping students fall in love with music, like I did growing up with my vocal coaches. I am passionate about music and my students learning and excelling in their craft. I enjoy working with all ages and all types of music abilities.
Rachel S. May 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
After looking for weeks for a vocal teacher, I came across Astrid here on TakeLessons and felt she might be a good person to try a few lessons with. I showed up the lesson to find out that she was the older sister of two of my good friends and to find out that she is the best vocal teacher I could have found! She's very patient, fun, talented, helpful, and silly, and she really makes learning to train my voice awesome! I take one 1/2 hour lesson usually once a week with her, and I've already completed two full songs with her in the few months I've been training with her!
Astrid is definitely someone I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a vocal coach, plus she has an awesome voice. Definitely going to continue lessons with her! :)
Matt W. January 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Astrid is great with our 14 year old daughter. She listens to her, challenges her, and is helping her develop a lot.
Augustino M. June 15, 2014
In studio Verified Student
by teaching a young girl like Jasmine and being a young lady herself;;Astrid is very patient and seems very skilled on what she does
After graduating from Northwestern University's Musical Theatre program in 1999, Leah Martens began working professionally as a singer/songwriter, fronting a band for several years in Chicago and recording multiple CDs, as well as serving as a vocal coach for a youth theatre program. In 2006, upon becoming a mother, she opened her own music lessons studio, through which she began teaching private voice and guitar lessons. She also was certified and began teaching Kindermusik to babies to children age 7. Leah has also served as a worship pastor at a church, where she fronted a band each week
, directed a gospel choir, and continued to write and record music. Leah now lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and three children.
iris M. April 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Wonderful experience! Leah is a great teacher, super patient, and taught me some good guitar fundamentals. Highly recommend :)
Kate C. February 8, 2015
Leah worked with my daughter for over a year on vocal and guitar lessons. My daughter looked forward to the lessons, learned important methodology and was motivated to practice hours a day on her own. Leah always went above and beyond expectations. When my daughter had auditions or performances, I could call Leah and she would be sure to find some extra time to help her. Leah is very creative, extremely knowledgeable and has a passion for music. This passion motivated my daughter to reach her highest potential. I am grateful for Leah’s work and would still be working with her if proximity was not an issue.
Emilia S. January 19, 2015
Such a wonderful and passionate teacher! Leah was so helpful with preparing musical auditions I had, but she also was able to guide me in some more classical literature I was working on. My singing range and belt definitely improved during my time with Leah. So sad she moved!
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