Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Michelle
"Glenn style for teaching is spot on. Encouraging positive and great feedback with positive criticism. Helping my daughter reach her full potential and wit
h humor love and kindness. Great environment to improve anyone's voice at any level. Highly recommend him."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Sue
"Sanford is an exceptional instructor and person
My son stared lessons with Sanford about 7 months ago. He is doing a fantastic job with Sanford as his in
structor. Sanford is kind, extremely patient, knowledgable and supportive. He gives my son a little push when he needs with positive words of encouragement. What I found to be wonderful was the way he was able to start teaching all aspects of playing music simultaneously, reading, writing, and playing music. The excitement my son feels every time he is able to play a piece of music is priceless. We have Sanford to thank for that."
Allentown, PA teacher:
Review by Anne
"Within taking 3 lessons I have learned how to project my voice through breathing and I have gained more confidence in my signing. Kayla has taught me how
to control my range. I had picked Imagine as one of my songs to sing. She helped me to express my passion while I sang, in other words to pt more feeling into it."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Mark
If she can get me to learn anything, she can teach just about ANYONE! I'm not exactly dexterous but willing to work hard, and Taryn has
definitely given me a solid foundation to build on. Besides being a tremendously sweet and patient teacher, she is definitely knowledgeable and skilled in her own right, and it seems to me she very much enjoys her work. Not sure what more I could ask for. Thanks Taryn!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ricky
"Great! Willing to work with needs and very knowlegable to train on goals."
Milwaukee, WI teacher:
Review by Nasim
"David is a great teacher with lots of patience. If you are new to piano and want an easy going teacher David is the one for you:-)"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Paul is an incredible teacher! I took lessons from him from 5th grade through senior year of high school. In this time period, he taught me a variety of s
ubjects including jazz guitar, improvisation, classical guitar, as well as bass guitar. He is very flexible and able to teach all these subjects and more. He was happy to help me explore different styles of playing and genres of music. He was always enthusiastic and well prepared for lessons. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great guitar instructor!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by beryl
I would HIGHLY recommend this vocal instructor. He is very easy to work with. He makes you feel comfortable and personalizes the lesson
to your personality and needs. He uses many examples and simple terminology if you need clarification. He always has a positive outlook, great personality and provides encouragement to his students. He makes learning FUN!"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Yulonda
"Ms. Taylor is amazing with my children. My kids love her and enjoy the time they spend with her. They are learning and have fun doing so. I would recom
A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.
I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.
I've been lucky enough to study with
some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals provided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.
Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.
I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)
I am proud to endorse Sabian Cymbals and Vater Percussion.
*** Lesson Details *** Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever. If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready. Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.
*** Specialties *** Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
Ronald C. March 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
Awesome teacher! I am a self-taught drummer and he showed me exactly what I needed to do to improve myself.
Stacey S. February 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Matt is AWESOME. He has been a great musical role model for me since day one. The knowledge that Matt has passed down to me has completely reallocated my purpose as a musician and challenged me to question my role as a drummer in an ensemble situation. What insight! I have absolutely no doubt that I will be prepared to confidently attend college university music ensembles in the next couple of months, because of Matt's mentorship and how it has inspired me (and of course, taught me how) to achieve my best. Matt has exposed me to styles of music I didn't even know existed. His talent is beyond the capacity of any other teacher I've had, and my family and I respect him very much. Very personable, easy-going, and intelligent. Thank you Matt, for everything. :)
Erik H. September 30, 2014
In home Verified Student
Matthew has been great with our son! A perfect balance between keeping our 6-year old interested but also teaching the essentials. Other teachers just didn't "get it" when teaching a young, active boy. We are very pleased with Matt's approach, and after only 3 lessons and some practice, I am already able to jam with my son on some simple rock n roll tunes.
Born in Omaha, NE, I have played bass for 25 years - and began teaching bass 15 years ago. I play and teach many contemporary musical styles, and have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and currently reside in San Diego, California.
I began studying Bass in 1987 under guidance of David Valentine and Jim Vaughn (both Principal Bassists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and quickly began performing with the Colorado Springs Community Jazz Big Band, and other local artists and jazz swing small groups.
In the early 1990's and after moving to Denver,
Colorado, I joined the Neil Haverstick Band which often featured popular area vocalists such as Charla Bevan and others. While with the group, I played the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and opened for Coco Montoya and Maria Muldaur. The band was versatile enough to perform a dizzying array of styles - afro-cuban, blues, country, funk, jazz, metal, and rock - and often featured a 45-minute set of original microtonal music, performed on custom built instruments (guitar and bass) fretted with 19-divisions (frets) per octave or 19-tone (equal tempered scale).
When not exploring alternate musical realities, I toured with one of the region's most popular Top 40 Country Cover Bands - Ty Taylor & The Powder River Band. I also performed and recorded with Australian born singer/songwriter Leighton B. Watts as well as other local groups.
I moved from Denver to Austin, Texas in the mid 1990's, and upon arriving met up with singer/songwriter Jim Stricklan and performed at the Austin Music Hall - sharing the stage with Toni Price and Joe Ely. Also while in Austin, I performed and recorded with the Dave Sebree Band, Laffing Sam, John Ussery, Lee Person, and many other local groups...
In the fall of 2000, I relocated to San Diego, California where I currently live and enjoy a busy schedule of performing, recording, and teaching. While in San Diego, I've performed and recorded a variety of music with local and regionally touring bands (cover and original material) with styles ranging from Acoustic, Blues, Contemporary Christian, Country, Flamenco, Funk, Fusion, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Improvisational, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin, Motown, R&B, Rock, and many Singer/Songwriters... these bands have opened for Elvin Bishop, Chris Botti, Tommy Castro, David Sanborn, Earl Thomas, and Walter Trout.
I've been blessed to have the opportunity to perform with Blues/Soul Singer Songwriter John Nemeth, Harmonica Wizard Rob Paparozzi, and Legendary Drummer Bernard Purdie.
I've also been very fortunate to play on many local recording projects and to work with recording engineers/producers Alan Sanderson, and Ray Peterssen.
*** Lesson Details *** Like most teachers, I enjoy seeing and hearing students’ progress. I have found that students progress faster by not only learning mechanics, technique, songs, styles, and music theory, but also understanding how to modify their thought processes with respect to overcoming physical and conceptual barriers; in other words, and musically speaking: learning how to learn.
This involves breaking down and isolating every aspect of playing the bass - instrument stability, left & right hand placement, finger positioning, rhythmic concepts, fret-board familiarity, reading skills, patterns, and choice of notes. It also involves honing other important aspects of playing music such as concentration, determination, observation, patience, problem solving, and repetition. I have been applying this approach since I began teaching electric bass in 1998.
I teach classical & jazz music theory (scales, arpeggios, chords), improvisation, meter, rhythmic patterns, sight-reading, and ear training. Specifically, I help students learn to read music (notes), develop left and right hand finger strength/independence/dexterity, and provide transcriptions of pizzicato, & slap bass-lines as exercises; for all musical styles. I encourage students to create and play their own bass lines - conveying as a skill set a fundamental understanding/interpretation of chord progressions and composition. I also help students learn specific songs and styles they request.
I try to split each lesson roughly 50/50 as far as structured aspects (exercises, reading, technique building, etc.) and working through song requests. I also highly recommend students be open to acquiring a fundamental skill set for playing a variety of generic styles and forms - for example: 12-bar blues, I-IV-V rock, shuffle, 2 beat, waltz, walking jazz/blues swing bass lines, funk pizzicato technique, and funk/slap technique. These are simply guidelines though - ultimately it's up to you how we spend our meeting time.
Essential Items: Most people get started with the obvious basic items (listed in order of importance):
- a bass, strap, tuner, instrument cable, and small practice amplifier/speaker combo. There are a few other items that will facilitate faster progress (again listed in order of importance):
- a metronome*, music stand, bass method books and/or other exercise and bass clef reading material.
For learning songs, having access to an audio playback device with enhanced bass response and easy, well designed mechanism for fast-forward and rewind within a specific song is very helpful. Your computer, phone, or .mp3 player, by themselves may or may not be ideal for picking out and hearing the bass part unless combined with an significantly upgraded audio system (i.e., sub-woofer, stereo, docking station, etc.).
*The one item that will immediately challenge and push you to a higher level of musicianship is a metronome. Listening to, playing with, and counting with a metronome will facilitate development of your internal sense of time. Learning to become comfortable with the metronome will have a direct impact on how well you are able to synchronize with other musicians when playing together. This is especially true for bassists and drummers as they are responsible for maintaining the tempo/groove of a tune.
Practice: You will need to practice between lessons...
How much? The most important first step is to try to get the bass into your hands every day - 15 minutes every day is a great starting point for new students, with the goal of eventually reaching 30-60 minutes daily.
Try to find a quiet place where you can focus and concentrate without being interrupted or distracted by family, friends, neighbors, room-mates, phone, television, etc.
For practice time spent in the seated position, find a sturdy straight-back chair (without arms) - stay away from couches, recliners, beds, etc. Standing during a portion of your practice sessions is also a good way.
*** Studio Equipment *** Gallien-Krueger GK800RB, SWR Goliath Jr. (2x10) Gallien-Krueger MB150E-III
*** Travel Equipment *** Fender American Standard Deluxe Jazz 4 String Bass
*** Specialties *** Electric bass, Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Music Theory Fretted & Fretless 4-5-6-7-String. All musical styles including, but not limited to: Afro-Cuban, Acoustic Singer/Songwriter, Blues, Country, Flamenco, Funk (Specialty: Pizzicato & Slap Styles), Jazz, Instrumental, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock (Classic, Hard, Metal).
Marcie S. June 4, 2014
Upright Bass ·
In studio Verified Student
John is a phenomenal instructor, coach and mentor. He met my son at his level and patiently encouraged him to grow as a musician. His easy-going manner makes him approachable and his vast knowledge, as well as experience, helps the student to expand their musical skills. We like John:)
SusanS March 27, 2011
John has been great for Cameron (our son) Cameron had to take a break for reahearsals for a musical that he was performing in.
DanielK January 21, 2011
exactly what I wanted
Great teacher. Tailored the lesson to my wants and needs. Explanations are easy to understand. Just a very relaxed and cool guy. I left my lesson very inspired to practice and meet again.
EDUCATION: High School - Tri City Christian High School (Graduated '09) AP's: English Language and Literature University - Point Loma Nazarene University "PLNU" (Graduated '13) Degree Training: Business Admin. - Concentration in Finance & Entrepreneurship Master's in Business Administration (MBA) - PLNU (currently enrolled until Fall '15)
Various industries including, but not limited to, Real Estate, Accounting, High End Wood & Vinyl Flooring, Law, Chat Sales - Auto Accessories Industry, Food & Beverage, Health & Fitness, Sales & Marketing, Business Development,
and Life Coaching.
I have done some volunteer work with SALT Missons (through PLNU), Missions work through Carpathian Mountain Outreach in L'Viv, Ukraine, and Calvary Chapel Oceanside.
Include Devil Pups (10 day youth training with the Marine Corps.), VP & President of PLNU's Martial Arts Club ('09-'13); Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Combatives Course Graduate), 3rd Degree Black Belt / Certified Instructor - Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan
Melanie H. October 28, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
My son had the pleasure of taking guitar lessons for 3 years from Ippolito. His passion for music and teaching style was very inspiring, as well as, his patience and motivating demeanor kept my son interested and wanting to improve his musicianship. Always encouraging, with guided interaction, he kept my son on task during lessons. He was very professional and punctual in all our interactions. Above all, he was appreciative and accommodating to my son's style of music without compromising the basic core instruction for guitar. His goal, as an instructor, was to instill a lifelong passion and appreciation for music. I would highly recommend Ippolito as a guitar teacher. It was a pleasure to work with him.
"I love music! Music has the power to move the soul when simple words fail. Learning music is just as powerful." ~Jessica Jess has a mission for instilling confidence and excellence in performers through music. Whether you wish to play for excellence or simply the enjoyment of it, music should bless your life. She offers voice and piano lessons through Speech-level Singing and Reading Keyboard Music. These methods are non traditional and produce top level creative performers.
Crissi A. June 15, 2015
Jessica is a fun and yet thorough! Love her!
Gabriella B. May 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
My children love working with Jessica! She inspires them to play and practice.
Gianna B. April 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
My kids really enjoy working with her. She is enthusiastic and interacts well with children.
Music is a great passion of mine that I share with everything I do, whether it be through teaching, performing, producing, or recording. I have had the opportunity to study, perform, and teach alongside great individuals in music and continue so to this day.
I have been teaching both private lessons and in various classroom settings for the past 7 years, some of which include teaching at The Bishop's School (La Jolla), UCSD, and California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles).
*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha AEX 1500 Hollowbody Guitar
Fender 5 String Jazz Bass
SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III
**I provide charts/material for the student to work on, through print outs and emailing PDF versions of the source material directly to you
Lenore June 25, 2015
Tonga is an excellent musician and a fantastic music teacher. For the last 2 years he has given my two sons (ages 9 &10) lessons in guitar and ukulele. He has also given several lessons to my husband. His love and talent for music show is his lessons. He is reliable, on time, and has a great sense of humor. I highly recommend him as a music teacher for any age student.
Brian O. June 25, 2015
Music Theory ·
My experience with Tonga has been nothing but great! He is one of those special musicians who can not only play an extremely wide variety of styles, but is equally gifted at teaching them to you. If you are looking for a positive teacher that tailors lessons toward each students individual strengths, weaknesses, and goals then Tonga is your man. I give him my highest recommendation without hesitation!
Chris D. June 24, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Tonga is a great teacher, I have studied with him over three years and my playing has been improving steadily. He is very good at explaining difficult concepts and relating to any student.
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20 Fun Songs to Sing at Your Next Karaoke Night (With Links!)
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