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Review by Eunice
"John is a very good piano teacher. He challenges me and is not strict. He has been teaching me about chords and he is making sure that I understand it e
very step of the way. As we have been going on, we have been playing tougher and tougher pieces while piano is getting easier and easier for me. (From: Abraham, 11 yrs old, a student of John since Oct. 2013)
He's a great piano teacher. John knows what to do every time I have a song. He knows things if I don't know the answer. He describes the answer to make me understand. (From: Noah, 8 yrs old, a student of John since Oct. 2013)"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Susan
"Having taken almost a dozen lessons from Sam, I can say with assurance that he is a competent, serious and sensitive instructor. Before the first lesson
he inquired as to my purpose in learning the guitar and my goals. He then tailored his instruction accordingly.
As to his competence, he is a talented artist who plays with mastery and teaches with the belief that with time and practice, the student can attain comparable skill. He looks for and provides alternative methods when I have difficulty with a chord. He provides links to artists online so I can work on subtle changes in a tune during my week's practice.
Sam teaches scales which we review at each session. We also review songs/chords with an emphasis on clarity and rhythm (and graciously, not my singing). He is very serious about getting it 'right', but he is also sensitive.
Besides being sensitive in correcting mistakes, he is also sensitive to my preference in music. Without abandoning the basics, he is kindly teaching me more Blues songs than campfire ones since I like the moody melodies.
I'm very pleased and happy with my experience as Sam's student."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by pam
Our 12 year old daughter has been taking voice lessons with Zach for almost a year and he is absolutely amazing. He's taught her so much and m
ade it so interesting for her. We HIGHLY recommend him as a music instructor!"
Mankato, MN teacher:
Review by Andrea
"Justin helped me with my college audition and went above and beyond to make sure I succeeded. He did everything in his power to make sure that I was ready
in time. He is very hardworking, intelligent, talented, and makes his students feel confident and strong about being singers."
Tallahassee, FL teacher:
Review by Shayleigh
"She's really incredible. It is abundantly clear in her work her depth of knowledge and experience. The lessons are always enjoyable and I've already learn
ed so much in just a few lessons."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Karissa
"An amazing & talented vocal coach
In the last 4 years I have learned more from Danielle than in all my years of singing. Her love for singing music and t
eaching students is clear. Not only has she improved the quality of my voice, but also given it confidence, expression, and strength. In addition to my vocal coaching, she has worked with me to develop my songwriting skills.
Danielle teaches with passion, dedication, and creativity, and a session with her is so much more than just a singing lesson. She cares about her students and can teach any age or singing ability. She is truly one of the most amazing musicians I've ever met!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Darran
"I really enjoyed my first lesson with William and I am looking forward to my next lesson. William was very relaxed and knowledgeable, and I did not feel
the lest bet uncomfortable as a first time student with no background in piano😊"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Eric
"Aside from being one of the nicest, most down-to-earth guys you'll ever meet, Drew is an awesome guitar teacher. He's able to assess what level you're at,
where you need to work, and what your blocks are very quickly, and to help you out with real examples. He also doesn't get on your case all the time about not practicing -- but seriously, practice! -- and you're just as likely to spend 5 minutes chatting about music and influences as you are running scale lines. He's got worksheets and lesson plans for whatever you need, and leaving a lesson with Drew you really feel prepared to work on what you need to work on in the coming week.
Speaking as someone who'd never taken a guitar lesson before, I would definitely recommend Drew to anyone starting out -- or anyone coming from another instrument (I'm a pianist by training). Not only will you get great instruction, you might just make a good friend, too."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Brian
"Two lessons in, I can officially confirm that Keith is an AMAZING teacher (and person to boot).
My piano background was a little questionable beforehan
d (primarily self-taught via YouTube), but having someone as talented and encouraging as Keith tailoring a lesson plan specifically for me has already exponentially improved my technique. Your search for a teacher ends here. Five stars. :)"
Born in Boston mass I am a DU educated pianist comfortable in any Jazz, Rock, or Classical setting but find my first love is the bluesy rollicking piano reminiscent of Jerry Lee Lewis, Dr. John, or Ray Charles. You might have seen me around town in my Top 40 group, Jazz trio, Funk band, Gospel choir, Burlesque band, or as accompaniment to any of the extremely talented singers I have worked with. I'm also a composer and songwriter with a sardonic songwriting style compared to Mose Allison and Dave Frishberg.
I attended the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music and graduated with a
B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Piano. Not only have I studied intensely with local fixture Eric Gunnison, but also with internationally touring artist Gerri Allen and even with jazz legend Billy Taylor at a summer music institute in Amherst, Mass. In Highschool I won the Clarke Terry award for outstanding musicianship. In college I won the Lamont Made composition contest two years in a row, my band The Orchid Room won the Lamont Jazz Chamber contest and I was a recipient of the Cherrington Global Scholarship, a grant that allowed me to spend a year performing and studying in Australia.
Since graduating college I have worked as the pianist on a cruise ship and have performed in Mexico, Hawaii, South America, French Polynesia, and Australia. I have recorded with LA based R&B artist Molly Cottrell, South By Southwest nominated Folk artist Leah Druzinski, and have had my music produced by Ikey Owens (keyboardist for Sublime, The Mars Volta, and Jack White.) I perform regularly at local venues Dazzle, Jazz at Jacks, and The Living Room.
*** Lesson Details *** I have 7 years teaching experience and am especially suited to teach jazz, rock, funk, pop, blues and salsa. I am incredibly student focused, striving to help my students achieve their specific goals, and committed to working one on one to help you get what you want out of every lesson. Friendly, relaxed and affable, I have significant experience with adult and teenage students, students with special needs, and students looking for instruction in rock, pop, or blues.
I stand out from other piano teachers because my lessons are specifically tailored to your needs. While most Teachers in Denver are trained to take young children through a piano workbook and develop them into classical musicians, I teach based on what the student wants to play. I have significant experience in Jazz, Blues, and R&B piano as well as songwriting, and have worked professionally in rock, funk, salsa, jazz, standards, gospel, top 40, burlesque, and solo piano acts. My approach is not designed for young children but for adults and teenagers of all experience levels who have an interest in learning more about music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio, F/W Keyboard (Roland FP-7 Digital Piano) & Full Amplifier System, 7 Piece ?uestlove Breakbeats Drum Kit, Seating for Parents
*** Specialties *** My Degree (B.M. in Jazz and Commercial Music) encompasses most styles of piano outside of classical.
I specialize most heavily in Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock, and Pop,
but also have significant experience with Salsa, Gospel, & Klezmer.
I can teach classical as well up to an intermediate level.
sharlyn T. July 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son had a very good experience. He was happy with how far he got.
Junxiang K. January 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Beth M. February 19, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Nate is an extremely talented musician and teacher. His method of teaching me chords before reading music enabled me to learn faster. He's very patient and makes learning fun. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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I have been studying music for most of my life and began teaching when I was 16. I have been given the opportunity to learn from some of the best musicians and teachers around. Before relocating to Denver, I regularly gave performances throughout the Cincinnati area, as well as in surrounding states. I earned a bachelors of music in guitar performance at The College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. While studying there I was able to meet musicians with different approaches to music and broaden my perspective on the way that I play
ed and taught. Since moving to Denver, I have begun graduate studies at the Lamont School of Music.
I have taught students of all ages and skill levels and have been able to watch my students meet goals of all sorts in their lessons. One of the studios that I teach at was also recognized in the category of "Best Music Instruction" by Cincy Magazine.
If you have never picked up an instrument before, I would love to introduce you to the basics of music as well as the guitar. If you have played some guitar, or another instrument, and are looking to hone your skills and maximize your potential, it would be my pleasure to help you along that track.
Martin G. August 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Kirk was my first guitar teacher, and helped me develop and cultivate my raw desire to play the instrument. His open, laid-back approach and flexible schedule made my learning experience enjoyable. The only complaint I would have, is that Kirk does not really enforce persistence; practicing a phrase or entire piece with me until I get it perfect, but that might just be a personal preference. Overall a patient, enthusiastic, down-to-earth guy who's generally fun to be with, and even more fun to learn guitar with.
Steve August 11, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Kirk is a great guy and great teacher! I have been working with him for the past couple of years. He is very patient with this old learner. I know he is also good with younger kids who are the age of MY grandchildren. He has great knowledge of the guitar and the skills to be a successful musician. I will miss him as he moves to Denver. Thanks, Kirk!
David August 10, 2015
My son has been working with Kirk for 2 years on Guitar and Ukulele. He is a patient attentive instructor. He works well with young students through good demonstration and supportive communication.
Growing up in Denver, I had a huge desire for singing and performing. By age 14, I was taking weekly singing & piano lessons, was acting constantly in local productions-many times getting the lead role. Some of the productions I acted in: The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Camelot, Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), How to Succeed in Business (Smitty), Carousel, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, and Oliver (Nancy.) I received a 4-year scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA. at the University of the Pacific. Upon graduation, I entered graduate school at the University of North Texas to con
tinue my singing and piano studies, along with music theory, history, and musical video production. Upon graduating UNT, I was chosen among 200 performing arts majors to be the featured soloist at the UNT commencement ceremonies. This led to an offer to tour Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra. For the next two summers I performed in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome and Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic.
*** Lesson Details *** My students progress VERY quickly! As a teacher, I can easily identify my students’ strengths and weaknesses, and plan an individualized study course. I will instill a solid set of production skills that will easily serve ANY style of music you choose (from rock to opera.) I will make for you a personalized recording for you to practice with daily. We will also work on songs you LOVE! My students will have performance opportunities every 3 months. I will prepare you for college entrance auditions, TV contests, and television appearances. My students make extraordinary progress-I want you to become one of them!
*** Studio Equipment *** 10x15 dedicated music room, piano, lovely mountain view, mirrors, microphone and sound equipment available for students. The parents of students are welcome to stay in the room with the students, if they choose.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a piano and I will purchase the method book I want the student to use but I do require reimbursement for books and shipping if required. Student provides notebooks and pens.
*** Specialties *** Seth Riggs, Popular vocal technique "Singing For The Stars" John W. Schaum for piano
Kara S. June 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I just can't say enough about Ms. Amber, but I'll try. Her depth of experience in music pours from her so effortlessly and lovingly. She is a constant stream of encouragement, praise, reinforcement, and discipline throughout my daughters 45 minute voice and violin lesson. It is such a pleasure to hear her stories of past and present music experiences that span the globe. Ms. Amber is the quintessential music instructor and we are so glad to know her!
Susan S. May 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amber is amazing with my daughter. She is a joy to be with and her methods have quickly brought great improvement in her voice and her confidence.
Geoff M. November 17, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Amber was a great teacher, she was patient with me and my wife when we had trouble and helped us stay on task. We learned basic French faster than I expected.
I have had a varied background growing up, from being an Eagle Scout, to holding a black belt in Judo. Growing up in Arizona and being the youngest of three boys from a very musical family, I found classical music and it became my passion. I began with piano at age 9, while also sang in many church musicals.In 2006 I graduated from Northern Arizona University with two degrees: a bachelors in vocal performance and a bachelors in piano/choral education. At NAU, I sang in many operas and piano recitals and spent three months in Germany teaching choir through the Department of Defense.Shortly a
fter, I graduated with a masters in vocal performance from Washington University in St. Louis. The studies I learned from Wash U catapulted my love for teaching!Recently, I have been teaching out of St. John School of the Arts, where I worked with voice and piano students ages 7-60. All of my students had varying styles, but I was able to help them build a foundation of technique that would allow them to sing with a free and healthy tone in any style.I believe we all have the ability to create music and I can help you discover it!
*** Lesson Details *** My goal in voice lessons is first and foremost to establish a solid vocal technique. My philosophy is "singing is simple, but not easy!" We will focus mostly on two things: breath and space for singing. This method of teaching is known as "bel canto". It helps build a strong foundation that then allows you to sing almost any style! Because everyone is different, we will tailor a set of exercises to fit your needs and will help you build that strong foundation! Once these principles begin to settle in, we will work on music. I have a huge library of songs to chose from, but I highly encourage you to bring in your favorite songs. Remember, everyone is different and progresses at different rates, but don't be discouraged! This is not a race, but a life skill that you will continue to master!
In piano, I am classically trained. Through a series of music books, we will work on music theory, finger dexterity, music history, ear training, eye/hand coordination, and pure enjoyment of making music. Again, everyone is different, but with some outside commitment, you will improve! Classical piano training is a great foundation for all other styles, such as jazz, pop, singer songwriter, country, etc. Piano also helps with in other aspects of your life such as memory, math, history, reading, etc.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a full size keyboard and music stand.
*** Travel Equipment *** Please provide a piano, music books, music stand (if needed), and a lesson book for notes.
*** Specialties *** I am a classically trained baritone specializing in bel canto. I have found this technique to be a great foundation for all styles of singing, from opera to pop. I am also classically trained at the piano. I focus on natural hand positions, note identification, music theory, and ear training. And I have fun doing it!
Noella May 14, 2014
I had a singing lesson with Tom and I plan on having another one.He is pleasant to work with and is patient.If you are a beginner with singing you should schedule a class with him because he will help you get techniques and warm ups.
Shalonda March 6, 2014
Tom really helped me out with a solid lesson on notes.
Grisel March 6, 2014
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of this experience. I thought a singing lesson over the internet would be choppy or tinny, but the audio and visual quality was quite good. Tom, the teacher, knew his stuff, too. If I had one change to make it would be to have a way to provide information about my goals/aims of the helpout beforehand. Tom was quite a good opera singer, but I was looking to get some basics on some less lofty stuff. I still learned a couple of good solid concepts as a beginner, but I felt a little embarrassed. Overall, though, 4 stars for the technical quality and knowledge of the teacher.
I am a pianist and teacher, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I have a bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a masters degree from Miami University, both in piano performance. In the fall, I am starting a masters degree at the University of Denver in musicology. I am passionate about teaching with a well-rounded musical curriculum, which includes music theory and music history in the study of piano. I have experience teaching children and adults, including both private lessons and college-level group classes.
Kyra July 23, 2015
Alison is by far one of the best teachers I have ever had. She is extremely patient and caring, yet also sets expectations for her classroom. Alison cares about each of her students and really wants to see them succeed, in turn making the students want to achieve for her. She is extremely personable and creates a warm environment to learn in. She also sets reasonable goals and facilitates learning in a structured yet challenging way, causing great growth. Alison is always available, ready and willing to take extra time out of her day to help her students in whatever way she can. I would highly recommend her as a teacher; she makes you want to be the best version of yourself.
Beth July 15, 2015
Alison was the perfect teacher for our 7-year-old son, Jesse. She brought creativity, fun, and patience to every lesson, and our son's knowledge and proficiency at piano far exceeds my expectations after only 6 months. I would recommend Alison as a teacher for anyone at any level. She's professional, thoughtful of time, and her own playing is just exquisite.
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