Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Stephen
"Excellent method of explaining beginning to advanced fundamentals that is necessary in understanding music and playing the guitar. Looking forward to my
Denver, CO teacher:
S. Parker G.
Review by Christopher
"Daniel has been one of the single best instructors i have ever had. When I walked into my vocal lesson the second week of my freshman year of college I ne
w almost nothing about the intricacies of the voice. For that entire semester Daniel taught me everything I needed to know to really solidify my voice, and he did it in in ways that made sense to me and was very kind and encouraging throughout the entire process. I've always had a passion for music, but learning about all the bits and pieces that make music and the voice so wonderful. I would recommend him to anyone who wanted to learn the basics of singing all the way up to the most advanced levels. Daniel truly is a fantastic teacher in all respects."
New York, NY teacher:
Dr. Daniel C.
Review by diana
"Very good with children
Bobby was fantastic with my kids. He is very personable and easy to get along with. My kids felt very comfortable with him. His t
eaching skills were fantastic. He was always very patient and kept the kids always interested in the lesson!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Jessica
"Kyle has been teaching my 9 year old and 5 year old kiddos piano. He has taught my 9 year old more music theory than she's learned in all three years she
's been taking lessons elsewhere. Highly recommended!!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Nicole
"Diedrich makes you feel comfortable starting lessons at any age or skill level! He made learning guitar very enjoyable, and encouraged me to use my "inner
ear" when playing. Diedrich also encouraged me to practice singing along with playing guitar, something that I had not felt comfortable doing previous to taking lessons. He takes the time to tailor the lessons to your personal style and needs. Diedrich is a great teacher!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Aiona
"Doreene is fun, entertaining, and a very talented voice instructor. She thought of ways how to improve my singing and it has helped me immensely. She neve
r made me feel awkward or caused me to shy away to try her exercises. She is very open to me which made it easier if I had any questions in regards to my singing technique. I will recommend her to anyone who is either looking to learn how to sing or improve their singing voice. If I did not have a crazy work schedule, I will still continue taking lessons from her. 5 stars well deserved!"
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Kendall
"Very understanding instructor. My daughter (age 12) is moving along at a nice comfortable rate with dramatic improvements already taking shape! I can rec
ommend Ardalan highly for beginners although, from the fragments that I've heard of Ardalan's own playing, I suspect he's equally effective for advanced students."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by DeAnn
"He was very patient with my child which was a first timer! He motivated her to want to play. Very comfortable to be around! I would definitely hire him ag
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Jackie
"I took lessons from Bryan for 2 years as a student in the music program at Arizona State University. He was very helpful in giving me tips on how to impro
ve my dynamics, tonguing, range, air flow, sight reading and a ton of other things. His lessons definitely focus on what I thought I needed to improve on but he would also help me discover I could grow so much in areas I thought I was proficient on. One area he helped my improve a lot was my double tonguing and triple tonguing. I always thought I was good at those exercises but Bryan taught me how to improve the articulation making the attacks cleaner and how to improve my stamina. He will push you making you improve more than you thought was possible as long as you are willing to practice on your own and not just at the lessons. For learning music he is also very helpful and helped me for 3 of my college juries which I ended up passing all of them with his help. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from him and you'll definitely see the improvement."
Joshua picked up his first set of sticks at 10 years old, beginning lessons with his father; this seemingly young interest took a turn for devoted passion and appreciation of rhythm and music. He is versatile drummer with more than 15 years of experience in different styles.
Joshua attended Florida State University and studied Jazz under Leon Anderson as well as advanced studies at The University of South Florida under Dave Via. He has had the opportunity to play with several local musicians such as Marcus Hampton, Mike Gibilsco, Kevin Wilder and many others.
Joshua brings something u
nique to the table with a background in Jazz and passion for teaching!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe drums and music should be fun! You should enjoy learning and practicing on your own time as well as having fun in private lessons. I can tailor the lessons to your interests while integrating several tools to help you learn the basics.
I will also teach from a few different books to help with independence of hands and feet. After 3-6 months you will have learned basic rudiments, how to apply them, and how to play several different drum beats and patterns.
Honestly, the more you practice the more you gain confidence in your abilities to play. But more importantly Drums is Challenging so it can get frustrating its important to have FUN!!!
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lessons are in a separate music room w drum sets (2), PA system, seating for parents. 2 dogs kept separate during lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** The student is expected to provide a drum kit
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop
Meredith Z. February 12, 2014
Drum Verified Student
My 7 year old son had his first drumming lesson this week with Joshua and he loved it! He learned so much on his lesson and was intrigued with what Joshua was teaching him. What a great teacher!!!! Patient, reliable and extremely skilled! We can't wait for our lesson next week!!
I have taught over 250 private voice students in Boston, CT, New York City, and Lakewood Ranch, FL. I specialize in contemporary styles ranging from musical theater, to pop, to blues, to R&B and beyond. I graduated with a professional music degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I performed professionally for 15 years: as a wedding singer, on tour as a backup singer, in a musical at Carnegie Hall, with a big band at the Rainbow Room, at the Bitter End debuting my CD of original music, as a house studio vocalist for a NYC recording studio, and more. I have tons of great references
Dawn June 25, 2015
Carey is currently working with our 9yo daughter. She has built a wonderful rapport, is very patient, and has helped our daughter's interest in music blossom into full fruition. It's truly wonderful to see our daughter having fun doing something she loves, and it takes a special teacher to make that happen with kids. Highly recommend.
Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.
My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since
All are welcome! Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with just the desire to sing or play better for their own pleasure, others come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to make a career in music. Some people have come seeking help with their speaking voice for public speaking. My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music, to help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life!
*** Lesson Details *** When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.
Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, and show how to practice, then the students go home, use them and discover what works best for them.
Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!
CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!
Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.
For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces or other music the student is interested in.
When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances. (See below for photos.)
*** Specialties *** I have been teaching professionally since 1987; I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.
Rachel M. June 19, 2015
I like that Ms. Laura finds pieces for me in the styles that I love to play, and her cat is pretty sweet.
Ivana P. June 17, 2015
Vocal Training ·
I had a great vocal training sessions with Laura, she is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. I am not a beginner, I got some music education as a child, but never vocal training one on one. Since I have no experience with other vocal instructors, I have no comparison, but it was very good experience for me. Give a try, you won't regret it!
Kent S. June 17, 2015
Laura has been the perfect instructor for me. I'm a senior with no musical background since 12 years old. She's kept me interested in learning not only some songs but in reading music and some theory. I highly recommend Laura.
Hello! I've been teaching for over twenty years, both privately and at major institutions, including Berklee College Of Music (Boston), where I taught from 1988-2000. Graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music, my background includes performing professionally, and recording since the age of 17. Originally from Montreal, I've sung pop, jazz and klezmer with established bands throughout the U.S. I've performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Smithsonian, Blue Note, Newport Jazz Festival, and international concerts in Rome, Berlin, Tel-Aviv and Paris. I've also been lead actress in several Off-B
roadway shows. I love teaching students who enjoy the learning process, and who are motivated to grow. My specialty is pop and musical theater, but I teach rock, blues, jazz, cabaret and classical music with equal ease. Vocal lessons are focused on breathing, warm ups, technique and interpretation of songs. We also work on how to audition. Piano lessons include basic technique, posture, musicality, and appropriate repertoire, be it lyrical, modern, jazz or classical styles. My student's interests are paramount - I offer individually-based instruction with Integrity, Experience and Joy.
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand piano Sound system with microphone
*** Specialties *** I teach students from age 7 to adult, all backgrounds and levels. In addition to English, I speak French and Yiddish fluently, as well as some Spanish, Hebrew and German. Students from all countries welcome! Styles: Pop, rock, musical theater, jazz, blues, classical Audition techniques
Sharon May 14, 2014
Betty is a wonderful teacher and very talented. She really cares about her students and wants the best for them. Wonderful for piano and voice.
OliviaT March 6, 2014
Our daughter was this teacher's piano student for several years. Betty is a very enthusiastic teacher and is a gifted performer herself. She excelled in preparing and presenting her students for professional performances.
JaneH March 6, 2014
I have seen Ms. Betty's students perform every year. Her students are well
prepared and the presentation is always enjoyable. She picks appropriate repertoire in voice and piano.
With two masters degrees in voice and speech-language pathology, with specializing in eliminating chronic hoarseness and giving you the perfect foreign accent, I am a premier singing teacher who still sings at jazz jams sessions. I previously was a full time professor of voice and music education, a Fulbright instrumental/vocal teacher at high school level, an elementary music supervisor. In recent years, I wrote a book for SLPs on therapy for vocal nodules and since 2012 my DVD of basic singing and speaking exercises called "Voice Gym" has been for sale on Amazon. Clients love how I mold te
chnique to a song the first lesson.
Eileen M. June 24, 2015
I have known and worked with Sara for the last five years. She is a wonderful teacher and person. She is multi-talented and teaches in-home and online lessons in voice and piano. She is also a speech therapist and can help students with any dialect and English problems. She teaches young children through adults and is raved about by all!
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