Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Greg
"I had a great lesson with Francesca. Very knowledgeable and worked and helped me quite a bit on learning and understanding several aspects of the guitar.
If it were not for scheduling conflicts I would have kept having lessons with her and would not hesitate to plan future lessons with Francesca. Great personality and teaching skills!!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Maggie
"always patient and professional
as an adult learner i had some trepidation about taking flute lessons again. however, it is so good to be taught by amy,
she breaks down music and offers a manageable script. i was a better flutist after my first lesson and continue to improve. i love the setting in her home. it is a warm inviting space that puts me at ease. in her instructions she is always clear and patient. she is professional in her home even with her family near. it has been a joy getting to know her family, as well.she is able to function masterfully in her own home.as ateacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Clark
"My impression is that Kate is an experienced and knowledgeable instructor. Excellent lesson."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Rebeka
"A teacher to recommend
Kyle is great! Even though I started with the intention of only learning how to play a few songs and nothing more, Kyle slowly int
roduced me to fundamentals of music and a better understanding of how to read music so that in the future I can continually learn and remember music even if I don't study all the time. He has taught me more than I thought I could do. Atmosphere is relaxed and makes the lessons fun."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Aliva
Mr Falcon James is a wonderful teacher and we are very happy with his teaching skills and ability. He is a great teacher and a wonderful pe
rson. We are very excited to have him as our child's instructor!!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Steve
"Paul is the man
I am older than your average student. I had never taken lessons before and always wanted to learn to play guitar so I went out an purchas
ed an acoustic guitar. I tried to learn from on line as well as purchased DVD's but it just didn't feel right. There was something missing like the human touch. I had heard about Paul from a relative who gave me insight about his background and his education. I decided to give him a try.
I called the place that he was working at and booked my first lesson. He carefully went over how he was going to teach me and then patiently worked with me.
I know that I will never be as good as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck or Paul William, but to know that I can play a little is very gratifying."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Bob
"If I could give Carl more stars I would, because he is a great teacher! I really like how patient and professional Carl is and his extensive knowledge mak
es each lesson that much better."
Brookings, SD teacher:
Review by Jolie
"Our son really enjoyed taking guitar lessons from Travis. Travis's teaching style was effective and appropriate for the level our son was at and Travis wa
s able to keep him interested and eager to learn more. Socially, our son connected with Travis, which, if there isn't that trust and relationship building happening, the learning won't happen. Thank you Travis for building a strong guitar (and music) foundation for our son! We highly recommend you!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Kylie
"Lena is a very gifted teacher and I recommend her without reservation for both child and adult learners. Her greatest strength is her learner-centered ins
You can rely on Lena to turn up on time, be prepared with lesson hand-outs tailored to your needs, make lesson time fun, provide age- and skill- appropriate instruction and be kind, patient, and encouraging.
Lena is reliable, flexible with lesson scheduling and easy to contact when needed. Her knowledge of music theory is impressive as is her understanding of the physics of music production. She is also an excellent clarinetist."
I love people of all ages. And I love helping them discover what beautiful things they can create in the world of music! Music is such a powerful way to express ourselves, and I love helping others learn how to do this and really enjoy it.
I have played piano since I was three. When I was able to read at age four, I began lessons, and the rest is history. I graduated from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance and completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the University of Redlands. I love to perform, have written several songs, produced th
ree CD's all with original music that I perform, and have just completed a fourth CD featuring major classical piano works arranged with favorite hymns. I have also written a musical and am in the process of having it produced.
I have sung in choirs of all types and accompanied them on the piano as well for many years. I have worked extensively in Musical Theater, serving both as Musical Director and Accompanist for shows such as Sound of Music, Annie, and many others.
I love seeing people get touched with music and love to help others create and perform music that really speaks to the heart. It's my passion. I teach all styles of music, and love teaching children, adults, and everything in between!
My goal for the students is for them to feel good about themselves as musicians and to be able to express themselves and reach the highest level of performance possible for them. The students have the opportunity to perform regularly in recitals as well as other venues, and we have a lot of fun! Lessons are a great experience for us all.
*** Lesson Details *** I use a standard curriculum for students that teaches the basic concepts of music and gives them creative pieces to use in the process. I expect my students to practice, and reward and encourage them to do so. I believe that positive affirmation is the best teaching tool, so I use that as my main basis for teaching, along with discipline and being challenged appropriately. I love helping people create, so my main goal for a piece is to help the student learn to perform it in the best way possible, with plenty of technique and lots of expression, to really make it their own so they and the audience can really enjoy it.
My students are usually ready to perform at least two or three major pieces of their level at the end of six months. I give them material to challenge them and encourage them to progress. Not too much, not too little! I teach self-confidence as one the biggest tools they can use to help themselves improve.
Come join us in our studio! We have a great time together discovering what we can create in the world of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach in my own private studio with an upright Weber piano excellent for teaching beginning to advanced piano skills and spacious room for voice lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** NA
*** Specialties *** Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Gospel Singing, Improvisation, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Reading Chord Charts, Singing, Songwriting, Transposition.
Dominick August 29, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My kids are doing great in just 2 weeks
Alyssa G. August 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Priscilla was patient and understanding as I fumbled through my first lesson.
Sophia B. August 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great first impression! A teacher that cares enough to make sure the student understands the concepts, will enjoy piano & wants a three prong system to success that includes parent, teacher & student.
Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 20 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.
I have been with TakeLessons for over two years now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!
For guitar, bass and drums, I can teach the basi
c beginner to the advanced. I teach electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic and electric drums
For piano, I teach beginner levels only.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!
Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.
Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.
Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.
*** Studio Equipment *** Equipment available: keyboard 6-string acoustic guitar 12-string acoustic guitar electric guitar 2 amplifiers
I have been a music teacher and private lesson instructor for the past 17 years. I have a bachelor of science degree in Music Education and hold a teaching certificate for all-level Music Education. In my private studio I have taught students from 3-70 and have enjoyed them all! In addition to teaching music I also serve as the Music Minister for my church. Students coming to me can expect a tremendous amount of experience as well as a committed, honest and caring teacher.
*** Lesson Details *** For beginning piano students I like to use the Alfred series, supplemented, of course, with
songs/styles of music that interest the student.
Guitar, clarinet, and oboe students can expect to begin with the Essential Elements series as a primer and introduction. I've had a lot of success with these books.
Voice students are a bit different in that I don't use a specific method to instruct. I have many books that I draw from when teaching voice due to the unique nature of the individual. Depending on the style of music, from classical to jazz/pop, I have music that will teach proper breath support, vowel placement and tone.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home studio: converted dining room with 3 guitars, young percussion instruments, upright piano and f/w keyboard. Seating available for parents. Music ministry at First Christian Church in Terrell. Access to choir room with upright piano. Seating available for parents.
*** Specialties *** Degree in all-level music education with specialty in voice.
Irene C. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher. So patient. Really worked well with my daughter who is very shy and introverted. I recommend her highly.
Donna C. August 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lisa is phenomenal with my daughter. Anna is a multi instrument child and in high school band. Lisa is always there for her to help her not only with her singing lessons, but piano, saxophone, flute...whatever Anna needs Lisa is there to assist. Lisa knows how to teach without being pushy or over bearing and she understands the kids at their age levels. As Anna gets older I see how Lisa's style adapts. Her strategies are sound and she's a delight to work with.
Karen L. August 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Lisa has been amazing! Our daughter decided to start clarinet lessons in April in preparation for joining the high school band program in the fall. Working with Lisa, she has made increditable progress! Lisa is very encouraging to her students, makes the lesson time a fun experience while being a great music teacher!
I am a Dallas-based cellist and private cello teacher. In 2011 I earned my Master's degree in Cello Performance from Southern Methodist University, where I also earned my Bachelor's degree. My focus as a cellist is as an orchestral player, and I currently play with the Austin Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, and Waco Symphony. Outside the realm of classical music, I play with a "sophisticated" bluegrass band for Arlington-based singer/songwriter Heather McCready with Milo Deering, and occasionally with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band" led by Dave Walser. I believe music is a gift that shou
ld be shared generously with others.
Melissa August 1, 2015
Great teacher, fun to talk too, flexible, patient. Easy going, and focuses on improving students learning skills with cello.
Karen L. April 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
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