Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by John
Not only did I learn how to play the songs I like, but I also learned key musical concepts and theories that helped to advance my music
al skills outside of lessons. I thoroughly enjoyed having Rob as a teacher."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Kathleen
I have been taking lessons with NiÃ±o for about 6 months. Not only has it been a great learning experience but also a very enjoyable on
e. Each lesson is focused to my needs, technical and otherwise and I come away with a good feeling of accomplishment. My piano playing is progressing and no doubt will continue to progress with NiÃ±o as my teacher. She is highly recommended."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ivana
John is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient with my 12 year old, knows how to explain things to him and always makes the lessons a
lot of fun even though my son is not always easy to deal with. We have stuck with John for more then two years now and we are happy he has stuck with us. Thanks to him, my son has made significant progress with the piano, the basics of music theory and general musical appreciation."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by CHRISTINE
"she was great"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Evelyn
"Learning is easy
Very professional in teaching works with students to ensure the learning experience is enjoyable."
Norfolk, VA teacher:
Review by Tom
"Bass Lessons - The RIGHT Way
I have been taking lessons from Bjorn on and off for some time now. I had already been playing bass for years, but Bjorn pus
hed me in the direction of experiencing a whole new skill level. Focusing on technique and muscle memory training, he showed me ways how to tackle any riff or song so I could have complete confidence while playing out. I play in several cover bands and even if I think I have all of my songs down pat, I get a lesson from Bjorn just before a show and he shows me a new world of possibilities. Bjorn's expertise allows him to train almost any bassist, aspiring or seasoned. I always look forward to my upcoming lessons and highly recommend Bjorn to take your playing to the next level."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Liz
"Matthew is so kind and patient.
My 6 year old son, Dimitri, has Matthew as a singing instructor. Matthew is so patient and funny. Dimitri feels so comfor
table at every session. It feels great to know that my son is with such a talented instructor."
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Aimee
"Such a Passionate and Positive Music Teacher!
I had always wanted to learn singing and am glad I finally did start. Michelle has a wonderful teaching sty
le! She is always smiling, very encouraging, very patient, giving constructive feedback yet making the lessons very enjoyable. She is also very flexible in scheduling, which was super helpful. Michelle has a beautiful voice too!
Michelle - I really appreciate your professionalism and upbeat attitude! I will be back soon:)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Greg
Jared has been teaching my 11 year old son Guitar and for almost 2 years now. Watching him in action and seeing how much my son loved it,
inspired me to pick up the Bass Guitar and have Jared teach me as well.
Jared has a wonderful way of making the entire experience both fun and rewarding. He has a wonderful way of communicating with my son and keeps his interest while they learn.
I couldn't speak more highly of Jared and would highly recommend him as an instructor to anyone of any age, he's simply fantastic!"
I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.
I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I
encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now. I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.
*** Lesson Details *** Every student is a different individual and learns in different ways. I try to make lessons as interesting and as useful to each student as I can, and include different things based on your interests and capabilities. Most students find duets are fun, so I include them often - both duets with the same instrument you are studying and duets with other instruments as well so you can learn the sound of such combinations. I encourage you to "play with your ears" as well as your fingers, to become a critical listener to your own performance and to decide whether you sound the way you want to sound.
I encourage students to try different things to become a more rounded musician. This might be something closely related - a flutist trying the piccolo or a clarinetist trying the bass clarinet. Or, it might be further afield - a flutist trying the guitar or a violinist learning movable Do and solfeggio singing. Every aspect of music is good to know.
*** Studio Equipment *** My music studio is in a separate building - actually a renovated barn about two centuries old. The studio contains a piano and all the other instruments that I teach, and is roomy enough not only for private lessons but for musical groups up to about ten. I have many other resources there as well, including files of music, a small music library, and a computer that we can use for many purposes.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need their instruments, music, and stands. I bring my own instrument.
Jeff is a seasoned instructor in guitar, songwriting, music performance and music business. He also offers lessons in public speaking, voice-over performance and ukulele. He welcomes students of all ages and experience and has successfully and happily taught beginners to pro-level musicians and recording artists. Jeff is pleased to announce that he is currently accepting Takelessons online students via Skype.
Jeff can teach guitar and songwriting in all styles and is an adept acoustic and electric guitarist. His knowledge of chords is extensive and his acoustic fingerpicking skills ar
e formidable. Jeff structures all lessons around the individual goals and playing level of his students. Jeff's students tend to study with him for quite some time, as his wealth of knowledge, diversity of instruction and patience are extraordinary. Jeff prides himself on customizing every student's lessons based on their particular preferences, goals and skill level. "It's a very personalized kind of instruction, as I never take a cookie-cutter approach to teaching…". Jeff's 3 promises to all students is to give them personalized lessons, be attentive to their needs and goals. and to make them feel like every lesson is worth their investment of time and money. As long as students practice regularly, they can expect to dramatically increase their clarity of playing, their chord "inventory", their musical ear and awareness and play the songs they've always wanted to learn.
After honing his craft as a songwriter and performer, Jeff created and taught songwriting and music business classes at colleges,universities, and music schools throughout the country for many years. Some of the places he taught include UCLA Extension, Santa Monica College, Pasadena City College and The Harrison School Of Music. When asked to summarize his views on teaching and music: "Teaching and playing music always puts a smile on my face; especially when I see that the student is having fun, learning what they want to learn and feeling the passion about music that motivated me to pursue my own musical career".
As a working singer/songwriter/guitarist, Jeff is known for his memorable melodies, intelligently crafted lyrics and heartfelt vocals. His compositions have earned him over 35 awards from various national and international songwriting contests and he's a former staff songwriter for the long-standing New York City-based publisher, Bourne Music. He has also won best music video awards at 3 international film festivals.
Some of the artists that Jeff has been compared to as a guitarist and vocalist include Keb' Mo', James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, John Mayer, Bill Withers, Jim Croce, and Don Henley.
Jeff is a NJ native, but lived and performed in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked in the studio or shared the stage with well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Norman Brown, John Daversa, Hiroshima, Little Richard and N'Dea Davenport.
Jeff catalog of over 450 songs and compositions spans virtually every genre, but many of his tunes are amalgams of pop, blues, jazz, R&B, country and rock. Quite a number of Jeff's songs have appeared in film and TV. One that Jeff is particularly proud of, is the dynamic pop ballad, "Journey Of The Heart" (co-written by Jeanne Smith), which was licensed by the N.C.A.A. (National Collegiate Athletic Association), who deemed it "the official anthem" of their NCAA Hall Of Champions facility in Indianapolis.
Jeff has commercially released 4 CD's of his original material: The most recent of these is his 2013 release, "Blujanova" (a merging of blues, jazz and bossa nova), which was praised by platinum selling and Grammy-nominated jazz star, Dave Koz: "Jeff's voice is so clean and pure...the production is lovely...warm and inviting...I love the interesting and surprising takes on some classics too, especially 'I Feel Good'…that brought a smile to my face!". The other CD's stretch into other genres. "Truthteller" (bluesy pop/rock and singer/songwriter material) "Me, Myself, and I" (acoustic) and "The Spin" (pop, rock, and country-tinged singer/songwriter material). All of Jeff's albums are on his label, Relevant Records. The late great John Braheny, author of the best-selling "The Craft And Business Of Songwriting (Writer's Digest Books), gave high praise to Jeff's CD, "The Spin", calling it "honest, crafty, melodic and the songs are all exceptional". Patch.com called Jeff "a consummate songwriter".
*** Lesson Details *** At the first lesson, I will ask you to tell me what songs you want to play and artists you want to play like and I will set the table for that by providing the chords you'll need, chord and scales and exercises to enable you to play them and guidelines and tricks on how to make it happen as quickly as possible. I know a wide variety of songs in all styles and styles, including current hit songs as well as pop, rock, blues, jazz, country songs. if you have a song or artist that I don't know already, I will learn it (often on the spot) and if not right then, at the next lesson. I have taught my students to play songs by artists as varied as Taylor Swift, U2, Jason Mraz, Adele, Eric Clapton, Django Reinhardt, Doc Watson. And that's just naming a few.
I always make it clear to my students at the first lesson: "There is no such thing as a stupid question". I want you to feel comfortable to stop me at any time to clarify what I am teaching you, ESPECIALLY if it is too difficult or vague. I pride myself on always being organized for your lesson and making sure that you grasp whatever it is I am teaching you. The goal is to get you to be able to play what you want as quickly as possible. This will take practice and dedication on your part, but I will do everything in my power to help you get there.
I never force anything on any of my students. but I feel it would be beneficial for you to learn to read music OR read tablature and chord diagrams. You tell me which one and we'll go in that direction. If you'd like to read music, then we can decide on a book for you. I have used Hal Leonard instructional books (with CD's! this way you can play with a backing track and get a sense of rhythm, which is very important), but I'm open to other method books you might have or like.
After 3 to 6 months, you will feel you are significantly more skilled on the guitar than you were before we started lessons. You will know more chords (and move from chord to chord), be able to do at least some basic fingerpicking and be able to read some music or tablature.
*** Specialties *** Acoustic fingerstyle guitar (a la James Taylor, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Jason Mraz, John Martyn, Jim Croce, etc.
Blues guitar a la Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Keb' Mo', Jorma Kaukonen, Ry Cooder, etc.
Bossa nova guitar
Songwriting (any aspect and any level; musically, lyrically, structurally, etc.)
the songs of Taylor Swift---quite a few of my younger students want to play her material, so I have about 15 songs ready to teach you and always learning more (by popular demand)
Adapting songs that are keyboard-based and creating arrangements of them for acoustic guitar. Examples include songs by Adele, songs by Elton John, Irina Menzel's huge hit song from "Frozen", John Legend's "All Of Me", Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", etc.
Recording on Garageband. I became so skilled with Garageband that I was asked to give seminars at Apple Store locations, showcasing my recordings and how to use the program.
Voice-overs; performance, recording, etc.
Sanal pookat May 19, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great first lesson. Hoping for a great learning experience in lessons to come..
Ira April 2, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My first lesson with Jeff was great. He was patient, and tailored the lesson to meet my needs.
Srikanth R. December 12, 2015
In home Verified Student
So you just Love to sing... Always wanted to try... Big audition coming up... Trying to get into the school musical... Want to improve your professional skills Or simply want to impress your friends and relatives at the next family event - I'm here for you. I am proud holder of the diploma of the Professional School of Music and Vocal Arts, specializing in "Popular and jazz vocal singing and coaching". For over 15 years I've been providing vocal coaching and singing lessons to many wonderful students age 5 and above, while being a live stage performer myself. Nothing beats the real-life e
xperience! While teaching technique I will show you how to integrate it into the songs you want to perform, eliminate your breaks, smooth out your transitions, add endurance and strength to the voice, sing on key better, and extend your range. I employ individual approach to every student. We will work on the song styles/genres YOU like. I have extensive collection of professional backing tracks without vocal part for you to sing along, practice and record a studio quality demo of a song you learned. My goal is to take any talent/experience you have and bring it to the next level!
Sofia September 12, 2016
In home Verified Student
These are the words of a 7 year old ....she as great and magnificent....
James A. June 14, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My Singing skills and knowledge have improved dramatically in only a few lessons. My ability to hear notes has improved, and this has helped my guitar playing, Thanks to Anastasia. Can't wait for the next lesson.
Maya W. April 18, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Anastassia was patient and kind with my 12 year old daughter who had never had singing lessons before. When my daughter started to feel nervous she quickly calmed her and had her sing one of her favorite songs along with a you tube video of the artist. She helped her with her pitch and range and breathing too.
Pianist Florence has been playing piano since age eight and at age eleven began learning the trombone. While in high school, Florence began teaching piano and discovered a love for it. After graduating from high school Florence attended the prestigious Westminster choir college and received a bachelors degree in piano performance. While at Westminster, she studied piano with Jose Ramos-Santana and Lillian Livingston and sang with the world renown Westminster symphonic choir under Joseph Flummerfelt.
In addition to teaching piano and beginning voice, Florence is an accompanist/music director
for various community theatres, choirs, vocal masterclass, workshops and summer theatre camps in and around the pa /NYC/ and Philadelphia area. She has also been a staff accompanist at Westminster choir college where she accompanied voice performance majors for lessons and recitals . Florence really enjoys teaching her student hopes that they are enjoying their musical journey as much as she is.
Gabe September 14, 2016
I had Flo for my piano teacher for about 2 years and I learned so much in that time frame. She would always give me new songs to study and every lesson, they would challenge me to try harder. Flo stayed on topic and always kept me focused when I was trying to learn something particularly difficult. I believe she is an excellent teacher with a kind heart who is passionate and dedicated to her job. She is the kind of teacher that will try her hardest and will not give up on your child. I hope you choose her, I'm so glad I did.
Jillian September 14, 2016
I had Flo as an accompaniment in my voice lessons in the past for 5 years. She had absolutely no trouble accompanying me on some of my hardest pieces. She's played my theater pieces, classical pieces, and jazz pieces easily such as Steven Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. I highly recommend Florence because of her endless abilities with the piano.
Nina September 14, 2016
She was great! She really pushed me to my best ability in piano and challenged me to play harder pieces.
Katie Gornick has been a sought after vocal instructor in the central New Jersey, Philadelphia, and NYC regions for the past decade. She graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with both B.M. and M.M. degrees in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She enjoys a varied career as both an educator and as a performer. As a vocal teacher, Katie specializes in Musical Theatre, Classical, and Contemporary Commercial styles of singing. Her students have taken top honors at Regional and All-State Festivals as part of NJMEA and PMEA as well as at various vocal competitions; most recentl
y the Mid-Atlantic Music Teacher's Guild where she also serves as an adjudicator. Her students frequently take workshops in New York City with notable Broadway artists and composers and audition regularly for Broadway and Regional Theatre productions. Many of Katie's students have been accepted and are continuing their educations at top college music theatre, music education, and acting programs.
Johanna J. October 20, 2016
In home Verified Student
Katie was super friendly and encouraging!
Carolyn Beard October 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
Katie is the voice teacher I always wish I had! She is extremely qualified, articulate and so positive. After only one lesson with her, I'm feeling more confident in my voice than ever before. I'm so excited to continue lessons with her!
Vanessa September 29, 2016
Katie is an outstanding voice instructor. I began taking lessons with her about two years ago and I can already see a big improvement in my vocal strength and overall skill. She is positive, patient, and thorough with her teaching. She is passionate and always gives 100% in her lessons. Katie provides a warm and comfortable atmosphere for her students and makes lessons fun and constructive. Katie has also helped me prepare for several singing and acting auditions. I highly recommend Katie to anyone with a desire to improve their skills in singing (acting, and/or auditioning).
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Learning piano is a fun yet challenging journey. If you're feeling frustrated, however, you might be tempted to quit before you can really can play much of anything. But by addressing three small mistakes often made, you can improve your learning process!
Small Mistake: Not practicing enough
Big Impact: Sl