Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Holly
"Amber is a amazing teacher and my daughter adores her! My daughter has been receiving lessons from Amber for about 2 years now. She started at age 8 and
still enjoys going for lessons. Amber is really great at encouraging her students to practice and improve their skills. Her positive attitude and genuine care of her students is very apparent. I see Amber as my daughters teacher for years to come. She is practically family now!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by John Lavin
"Vince is an extremely resourceful teacher as well as an extremely accomplished musician. His clear commitment is to being encouraging and helpful. His abi
lity to focus upon the student's specific needs and to address those needs make him an excellent teacher."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Francesca
"Ramona is great to work with. In our first lesson she asked me questions about why I want to learn piano, and structured our lesson plans based on my goa
ls. She's friendly, welcoming, and professional. Highly recommended."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Rosa Wright
"Love Ron. Plus he really knows his stuff. Exactly what I was looking for."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Mariann
"Teacher works wonders!
My son enjoys playing with the school band and jazz band, but never put in more than he had to. That was until he started taking l
essons with Chuck. He's done a 360. My son is setting goals and achieving them, all thanks to Chuck. His confidence grows with each lesson. I'm not the only one to notice. His band director notice the improvement after just a couple weeks of lessons."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Al
"I've been taking lessons from Tara now for the better part of 4 years. She is talented, professional, engaging, knowledgeable, and most importantly, patie
nt. She taught this old dog a lot of new tricks on the Mandolin. I still have a long way to go, but if you are looking for a Mando teacher, this lady is tops in my book. Sorry she left VA, but NY got themselves one good musician and teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Bryan Wing
"Great first lesson! I've never taken piano lessons before, but am very excited about learning more from Travis. He has a calm, patient demeanor, and took
time to listen to my goals. Would recommend Travis to anyone interested in learning more about this craft."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Ava
"My daughter is 9 and a bit shy - played piano but never flute. Melissa jumped right in on our first lesson, went through the basics, and while doing so as
sessed her abilities (like ability to read music). Before she left, my daughter was playing some basic notes using the form Melissa taught her. As I write this, she is already practicing on her own after left with some challenging but fun practice. Only the first class, but a great "gut feeling". My wife and I both enjoyed Melissa's kind personality but most importantly our daughter enjoys her. We're optimistic for a great learning experience."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Pat C.
"Learning piano just doesn't get any easier until you experience David's on line lessons. I can't say enough about how quickly I learned using Dave's step
by step explanations outlined in his videos. The part I like is I am able to stop the video and slide the video slider backwards to replay something I was experiencing trouble with. Ten stars if there is such a rating out there but if not I will give him a five star approval."
Claudio R. is a recent transplant to SF from NYC/Seattle. He was born in Massachusetts and studied classical violin from the age of 6. He attended Vassar College where he earned a degree in violin performance. During college he started playing the drumset because of his infatuation with Jazz. Claudio went on to attend the prestigious Jazz and Contemporary Music program at the New School In NYC and studied drum set under Chico Hamilton, Joe Chambers, Ari Hoenig and Peter Retzlaff.
During his fifteen years in NYC Claudio was the house drummer for Freestyle Mondays, NYC’s longest running h
ip hop open mic, and performed and toured with variety of artists in many different genres.
-Hip hop legends Slick Rick, Lauren Hill, Praswell (Fugees), Doug-e-fresh, -Adam Duritz (counting Crowes), Jason Mraz -Jazz greats John Hicks, and Gary Bartz
-Afro-pop band Chris Berry and Pangea -Tropical chart-toppers Xtreme, -Southern singer/songwriter Lipbone Redding -Indie rock band Jonny Lives
In Seattle Claudio was the in-house studio drummer at Robert Lang’s recording studios. As a result of his recording work he became a voting member of the GRAMMY board in 2012.
In the Bay Area Claudio currently plays with swing band The Klipptones, and works as a freelance jazz drummer.
Claudio taught basic musicianship and drumline in NYC public schools for nine years, and was a private drum instructor for three years at Donn Bennett Drum Studios, Seattle's premier drum shop.
His teaching goals for drumset include establishing reliable technique that is useful in all styles, understanding differences and similarities between music styles, developing strong time and rhythm (through transcription and metronome games).
Claudio is also adept at incorporating electronic elements in acoustic playing and can coach students on how to use programs such as Ableton Live in their setup for performances and as a practice tool.
*** Lesson Details *** Welcome!
I’m looking forward to helping you learn drum set. I’m an engaged, patient, and enthusiastic teacher. I teach all styles of music and, together, we will get great results.
At the first lesson I ask new students about their goals. It’s important to me to discover why you are interested in lessons, and what type of music you wish to explore. I will ask you for a playlist of songs you’d like to learn and, from that, I’ll create a lesson plan that will teach you fundamental technique and the particular skills you need to play the songs you love.
Later, I’ll introduce new musical styles and you’ll learn more about the role of drum set in music. I think it is important to understand music (and related drumset styles) in context, so I’ll frequently play examples of classic recordings and we’ll have conversations about the history of the instrument and the great drummers who changed the music through the drums.
Nurturing your passion for drums and music is my number one goal for beginning students. I like to do this by finding a simple song for the student to play along with and give the student their first “grooving experience” by having both of us play along to the same song at the same time.
Also covered: beginning technique, basic rudiments, music theory, basic beat playing. I also encourage free improvisation on the drumset and teach the student how to create his/her own musical piece.
Intermediate students will: develop more flexibility in their time keeping by working on independence exercises, solidify reading basics, learn new styles (good for cross training), and examine stick mechanics more closely. Students will update their repertoire playlists to more challenging material as they gain new skill. We’ll set goals together based on the songs they want to learn how to play.
Advanced students will learn advanced stick technique including the moeller stroke, advanced finger technique, and advanced rudiments. We discuss how to improve time and feel by playing a with a displaced metronome as well as how to use the metronome in other non-traditional ways.
Also covered: over-the-barline phrasing, odd groupings in even meters, even groupings in odd meters, latin drum styles, metric modulation, triplet based styles such as jazz and afro-cuban 6/8, and studio recording. Advanced students will also examine some of the modern modern drumset vocabulary (drum and bass, dubstep etc, blast beats etc.) and the drummers responsible for those styles.
I love music and I love sharing my passion for music with students, young and not-so-young. It's thrilling to see students progress in their abilities. In order to make progress, you must practice regularly. Practicing everyday for 20 minutes is much more effective than practicing 3 hours the day before the lesson.
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 drums sets, congas, shakers, bongos
*** Travel Equipment *** practice pads, basic drum set if necessary.
*** Specialties *** When I teach drums I focus on mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination. I specialize in jazz, hip hop, funk, pop, electronic and rock music. I try to show my students the similarities between music styles and how mechanics, time, sound, feel, and coordination apply to those styles.
For violin I use the Suzuki repertoire and incorporate music literacy at the same time.
Lisa August 12, 2015
Claudio taught my son drum in the Seattle area. He is a great teacher! He's both very knowledgeable and very patient. He is easy going and friendly. Even after he moved to the Bay area, when he would come back to Seattle, he would contact us to see if we wanted a lesson. He's that dedicated.
Phoenix Z. January 10, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Great teacher and musician
It was a challenge to start learning a music instrument from scratch as an adult, but Claudio made it easy and enjoyable. He has been very patient, and the classes were highly customized according to the needs I had at different stages. He was also a great performer. It was a pleasure to learn from him, and I strongly recommend him for anyone who looking for an excellent teacher, and a fun learning experience.
Drawing on solid jazz theory and technique, Roger is comfortable in a variety of performing and teaching situations. He currently plays all around the bay area in a variety of settings ranging from backing 50's swing and latin dance bands, accompanying singer-songwriters, to leading progressive and chamber jazz projects. Over the last six years, he has taught children and adults of all agents, both in private practice and in classroom settings, while remaining sensitive to the needs and potential of each individual student.
Roger studied jazz performance and composition under Myra Melford a
nd Bryan Pardo at UC Berkeley where he received a Bachelors degree.
*** Lesson Details *** I like to focus on each student's unique strengths and use them to overcome their trouble spots rather than adhere to a strict curriculum. Students typically get a few exercises (usually to simplify a complex problem) to work on after every lesson, and usually show marked improvement after a few weeks of practice.
Common problems include, but are not limited to: Recognizing and learning rhythms and strumming patterns Developing fluidity in lines and chords Expanding soloing techniques and tricks Problems with pain and repetitive stress
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to have their own instruments. I can provide everything else that is necessary, including music stands, metronome, etc..
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz, though I can teach to most genres and styles because of my emphasis on technique
Shawna S. June 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Roger was very friendly and clearly interested in tailoring the lessons to my goals. Off to a good start!
Sandra N. June 25, 2013
Great attitude, patient and professional
Roger is a patient teacher who helped me get some of the fundamentals of guitar down. He is very professional and worked with me to reach my goals. He also has a positive attitude and would be great for students at any level.
I have a BS in music education received at Lehman College, Bronx, NY. I am a professional musician/ composer/ arranger.I received my teaching credentials at SFSU and have been a General music teacher as well as a, band teacher. I have studied trumpet with Classical ( Wilmer Wise)and Jazz musician (Bill Hardman) and big band arranging with Frank Foster( saxophonist and arranger with Count Basie Band). At present I am retired and teaching privately.
I have been teaching music for over 50 years as well as being a professional musician/ composer and arranger. I not only know my fundamentals ins
ide and out, but also I know many tricks of the trade. Over the years I have developed special teaching techniques that enable students to make sense out of music and progress rapidly on their instruments.I love playing music and aim at stirring that same kind of excitement abut music in my students.
To each lesson I bring a unique mix, encouraging the student to pursue excellence and also have fun. I am well qualified to teach: woodwinds( oboe, flute, clarinet, all saxophones) brass(french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** I make music interesting to learn. I encourage students to practice daily so they can improve. The more they improve the more fun they can have with music not only alone, but with others.
I am very patient with my students especially with beginners. I know that for them it is like learning a new language. Once they begin to increase their musical vocabulary, they will enjoy what they can do with music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Seating for parents, basement studio, piano, drum set
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should provide their own instruments.
Yolanda C B. August 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
A very patient, kind, knowledgeable teacher who puts you at ease so you can focus on the lesson. I highly recommend him!!! I am convinced to continue taking lessons
Sam B. June 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mack's a great teacher, we recommend him!
Thomas O. April 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
It's been more than a year of weekly lessons with Mack, and I could not be happier.
Mack is smart, quick, and knows how to handle kids to get results. There's no wheedling, bargaining or begging. It's just ok, do this, no, stop, do it again., No stop do it again, no stop do it again, and then good, that sounds good. I guess I should not be surprised, really, but my 13 yr old son cites this as what he likes best about Mack's instruction - it's all business.
Would I recommend Mack as a teacher for kid's music lessons? Yes, without reservation. Mack is an excellent teacher.
Hi there, and thanks for viewing my TakeLessons profile! I am excited to be a part of the team in Berkeley, CA.
I started teaching lessons while in music school for Classical Guitar in 1996. From 1998 onwards, I played with a variety of musicians from Africa and Latin America, as well the as great American traditions of gospel, funk, jazz, and bluegrass. All the while, I continued to study music theory and composition, on my own and in private lessons with both well-known players and local professionals. Flamenco and Indian Classical music have also been great interests which I am still in
Though guitar is generally my "go-to" instrument, I often use a MIDI keyboard for composition, and studied/performed on bass for 10 years. The last few years, I have begun to develop my voice as well.
Since 2006, I have been teaching music theory and composition at Ex’pression College in Emeryville. This is a digital production environment for the arts, and my students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are musicians/aspiring musicians, and some are primarily interested in working with technology; but all are audio enthusiasts and love music!
*** Lesson Details *** Whether you are a complete beginner or have been playing gigs for years, are very young or old, I have something to offer you!
How we structure lessons depends in part on you and your goals, as well as your learning style. Having taught music for over 15 years, I have a large amount of resources at my disposal, and can either teach from a method book, or a variety of materials, some of which are my own creations.
I also like to use technology as a teaching aid, and can show you how to use your own computer, keyboard, or music production application (garageband, etc) to practice and create music at home. Another thing that I offer is to make recordings of key parts of the lesson, either as an audio or video file, or both. These can be shared with you through email, dropbox, or a flash drive if you bring one along to your lesson.
Please contact TakeLessons if you have any further questions! I look forward to meeting and working with you or your child.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home studio: Front room with computer station, guitars, music stand. Waiting area with couches and table, and parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available, no pets.
College: practice rooms and classrooms available with computers and MIDI controllers.
*** Specialties *** On guitar and bass, I have experience in world music including Africa, Latin America, and Flamenco. I also love American traditional music, including funk, jazz, rock, and gospel. I specialize in teaching music theory and composition, no matter what instrument. Rhythmic concepts applied to any instrument are a favorite topic.
Debora Haaxman August 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
What a nice, enthusiastic and great instructor with the students best interest in learning to play. David is personable, easy going and wants his student to succeed. Took his time to find me (a total beginner in guitar) an excellent lesson book. His instruction motivates me and find his lessons very interesting anf fun! Can't wait to practice and look forward to my next lesson!
Ian C. July 30, 2015
Flamenco Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
David is an excellent teacher. I've been taking flamenco guitar lessons with him for about a year now and have experienced a significant improvement in terms of actual playing and rhythmic abilities and also understanding the music in general.
David is patient, he does an excellent job explaining things and goes above and beyond to make sure that you're really learning. Consistently impressed.
Jerry G. August 6, 2013
I met Dave in my music theory class at Ex'pression college. He's the reason why I'm making music today. I went from not knowing a thing about music theory or a piano to creating chord progressions, understanding modes, intervals, modal interchange, and how to read sheet music. He's extremely patient, professional, and easy to get along with. His passion for music and teaching is infectious, I highly recommend!!!
I am a recent graduate of Mills College in Oakland with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Religious Studies. I will be returning to Mills College in the Fall to pursue a Music MFA in Performance and Literature with a specialization in Improvisation. I have taught beginner violin and Hebrew lessons to students of all ages, including preschoolers! I like to make learning fun and rewarding for kids and adults alike. I do my best to bring my passion for the subject into the lesson in order to pass it on! I am a 22 year old woman and have experience teaching (on and off) since 2006. I lo
ok forward to learning with you!
Wendy B. Fischer July 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter was reticent to take violin lessons but really likes Honor and learning how to play the violin from Honor. Honor makes it fun and engaging. While I can't convince my daughter certain things are 'cool' in music, all it takes is one word from Honor and my daughter is on it.
Seth W. June 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great, engaging and interesting Hebrew lesson and a caring, competent instructor. Definitely 5 star experience - highly recommended!
tricia R. February 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Lessons with Honor are wonderful. After just one lesson, my daughter was able to play significantly better and she continues to improve. Thanks Honor!
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