Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Todd
"Very responsive to emails and punctual. Works well with my son who is always excited for his weekly trumpet lessons. Caleb is friendly, warm, and cares
about Music and teaching."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Rocky Hensely
"So for so good"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Vasilisa
"If You Want Beyond a Great Teacher, Then Go With Matt
I have been taking lessons with Matt for over a year. I can honestly say, if you want drum lessons,
then he's your guy! He is professional, personable, highly knowledgeable, patient, explains things very well, and very reliable. I have had 3 guitar teachers, 1 voice teacher, and 1 drum teacher before Matt and out of all those teachers, he was by far the best. There is a big difference between someone who does it for a hobby or just a little extra income and some one who has a passion and Matt has the passion and he really cares about his students. I can be really bad about practicing but he hasn't given up on me and is always encouraging. From my past experiences with teachers, a teacher that believes in you is a very important element in teaching, Matt has that element. If you want the best, I mean really the best you can find, then go with Matt. You will NOT regret it and nor will your child."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Deborah
"I am a proud Mother of a very talented 12-year old young man who has been learning how to play the electric guitar for about 2 years now. I signed him up
for weekly 45-minute lessons with, as it turned out, an incredibly gifted and talented musician, Philipe Garcia. My son Logan warmed up to him instantly and ever since the first meet with Philipe at his home studio in February 2013, I get the joy of seeing my son light up with excitement, eagerness and joy while he soaks up all the music and method instruction that Philipe provides for him. Philipe has a wealth of knowledge of music, instruments and technique. While it is a wonderful thing to have a music instructor that very knowledgeable and talented musician, my gratitude is amplified 10 times over because Philipe's love for music comes through in his teachings and he has the gift of knowing what Logan needs and desires from his new found mentor and friend. �I highly recommend Philipe as a master instructor, he's got to be one of the best. �And as I cannot end my opinions here without saying that "Yes, my son now makes his guitars SING!" �Now and then I hear the SCREAMS too. �Warms this 80's Rocker Mom's heart. �God bless you and your family Philipe, we adore you!"
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Christian
"He's very friendly, and knows his stuff. He's also super encouraging. Just an all around cool guy!"
Asheville, NC teacher:
Review by Ping
"Heidi is a very experienced teacher. She can tell how my daughter make mistakes and correct her right on the spot. She also makes her classes very interes
ting. She was very nice and patient. My daughter likes her classes a lot. She has her own way of pushing my daughter to practice more without her feeling too much pressure. Good job, Heidi."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Lynette
"A teacher who is more than great~
I like Alison very much when we just met each other. And, to be frank, it was not because of her fabulous performance,
and the intelligible teaching skills since I actually had no idea with those yet at that time. Indeed, it is all about the elegant, charming temperament of her. I felt like be taught by a cellist, and that gave me more confidence with the teaching quality. Then, as expected, Alison did a extremly great job on leading me into the world of cello. She not only taught very accurate on the technique of playing, but also taught me to play with an inner peace. Especially, she always likes to give a commendation rather than to criticize. That, for a very beginner, is a very important and precious teaching methodology, at least for just me, since it helped to built the self-confident and personal interest on study. In a word, thanks to Alison, I learned cello fast and joyfully. I do really appreciate the wonderful learning experience she brought to me. Hope that'd be helpful."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Serge
Dan Hegelund is an effective communicator with strong emotional intelligence skills. Dan has a special way with youth, with an abil
ity to inspire, motivate, and teach. I am impressed with his pedagogic skill, both relating to the individual and to a group. Dan is responsible, efficient, and sympathetic. I give Dan Hegelund my strong recommendation."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Chad Hartz
"Awesome Piano Lesson today! Kevin is great! Thank you!"
Michael is a freelance musician based in the Portland metropolitan area. His diverse skill set allows him to perform in a variety of musical groups. Michael is hired regularly to perform for: jazz and cover bands, weddings, corporate events, musicals, and studio sessions. He also leads and writes music for his own band that performs regularly in the Portland metropolitan area. He attended Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University. Michael graduated with a B.S. in biology and minored in jazz studies. Many describe Michael as genuine and passionate. He has a youthful, energetic
teaching style that works well with most students. Michael’s creativity and patience have allowed him to be successful with teaching students with learning disabilities. He has no problem using “outside of the box” techniques to help explain a tough concept. Michael’s practice philosophy is simple. Make practice enjoyable and efficient. He has experienced the common pitfall of practicing scales for many hours only to retain little or nothing. Michael shows his students techniques to focus, and get more done with less wasted time. He caters his lessons to maximize every student’s potential. Lessons are customized to meet the student’s goals and learning style. Michael ensures that every student will have the technique, theory, and musical knowledge to be a complete musician that is comfortable in any musical genre or setting.
Oscar A. January 29, 2016
In home Verified Student
Michael is on time, prepared, thorough, engaging, confident, inspiring, motivating and has an excellent teaching style. He really gets my boys; what their strengths and weaknesses are and what motivates them. He is always a step ahead of their achievements. He is clear about setting goals and expectations for the next lesson and listens carefully to any questions or concerns that they have.
Caroline B. November 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 14 year old son very much enjoys working with Michael. He is very nice, patient and punctual, and I love the fact that he teaches his lessons at our house.
I would recommend hiring Michael.
Jack D. October 6, 2014
In home Verified Student
"Now that I'm studying with Mike, the efficiency of my practice time is way, way up."
Mike is the first coach who emphasizes "practice the hard parts". So much so that any time a note comes out either not in rhythm, not in pitch, or not a great sound, I have the confidence to stop and repeat the hard part until it's no longer hard. Even when learning to improvise, if the notes I pick on the sax don't match the ones I first heard in my head, I have the confidence to stop and really find those notes that my mind imagined. Eventually I'll be able to hit the ones I intend the first time. He also advocates to always know the purpose of any practicing you're doing---there's no more aimless noodling. Even when I'm jamming, there's a specific goal in mind.
The second thing I really get from Mike is that he expects me to know what notes I'm playing and what role they fill in the key. Formerly my method of improvising was to hunt and peck, occasionally hitting notes outside the key and finding a way to "work them back in". But now, if I'm riffing on the note F in the key of B-flat, Mike wants me to know that that's the 5 of the key. And to also know where the 3 and 7 are---like a home base where you know it's safe to play.
I started learning piano as a child, but it was in high school that I realized I really wanted to pursue playing keyboards, because it allowed me a way to express myself. I was hooked. Later on I attended Mt. Hood Community College, played keyboards and sang in choirs and vocal jazz. After graduating on the President's List with an Associates Degree in Special Studies Music, I directed the college Gospel Ensemble for two years before working full-time at a large local church, where I was a Music Director, Worship Leader, and keyboard player. In addition to vocal and keyboard work, I enjoyed di
recting large and small choirs and ensembles, band directing, orchestra conducting, and arranging many styles of music. It is exciting to experience what can happen when people work together musically--the whole becomes even greater than the sum of the parts!
I've been teaching piano for 20+ years now, and I love partnering with students to help them grow musically and realize their dreams. Some of my students have gone on to be professionals or teachers, and some are playing the music they love with their friends. Others are playing in their churches or in bands, and some play simply for personal enjoyment.
If we get the opportunity to work together, you (or your child) will discover that I am patient and encouraging. My desire is to bring your musical goals into focus through education and creative participation.
What is your dream? Playing classical, rock, playing in a band, writing your own music? I'd love to help you realize that dream!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe piano instruction should be fun and casual, yet challenging and inspiring. In our lessons, you'll learn proper technique, sight-reading, improvising, and the music theory behind it. I utilize popular piano methods and contribute additional resources, and I design lessons to help you reach your music goals, whether your dream is to play with others, write your own music, or play your favorites for personal enjoyment. You'll explore many music genres, from classical to rock to jazz, including a large dose of your preferred styles. If you play an electronic keyboard, we'll incorporate features of your instrument to increase your rhythm and song-writing skills. Aspiring songwriters can learn skills like chart writing and computer notation. You'll learn how technology--even your smart phone--can help!
The student is responsible to purchase required books--usually lesson and theory, and occasionally a recital book. These usually cost between 5 and 7 dollars each and can be purchased locally. Bring lined paper with you for your lesson notes. I'll supply staff paper, music and any additional lesson materials, as needed. I will encourage you to purchase a metronome (the musician's friend) if you do not have an instrument with rhythms or metronome.
*** Studio Equipment *** I teach both at students' homes (on your instrument) or at my home, where I have a Yamaha CP70 electric grand piano. The lessons are in the front living room, where seating is available and parents are welcome to observe the lesson. I have a laptop with Sibelius Notation and YouTube at the ready, as well as a mic, mixer and speakers, should they be needed. There may even be a studio cat nearby to inspire you!
*** Travel Equipment *** If lessons are at your home, it is important that you have a practice instrument, which we will use in our lessons. If you need to purchase a piano or are exploring the world of electronic keyboards, I can help you with the many choices available and recommend instruments in your price range. I can also help you become familiar with your keyboard and those features that will be useful to you.
*** Specialties *** For individual lessons, I prefer using the Alfred Method (beginning through intermediate), and have also used the Bastien method, and some others. I teach both sight-reading and/or improvisational skills, along with musical theory, according to the student's needs and goals. I'm comfortable in multiple styles (classical, pop, rock, folk, some jazz and blues).
Jennifer B. April 5, 2016
In home Verified Student
Suzan is the best!
Christine February 22, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Suzan was very patient and her energy just made me even more excited to learn Piano. I'm definitely continuing my lessons with her.
Victoria S. October 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
A perfect fit for our daughter! She felt right at home with Suzan. She was so excited to share what she had learned with the rest of us. I feel this has sparked an ongoing interest in music. Suzan is personable, friendly and warm. Making us feel comfortable from our first contact. We couldn't be more pleased to know our 9 year old daughter is in such caring hands.
I started taking Violin and Piano lessons at age 7. By the age of 12 I was performing recitals and was Concert Master of my elementary school orchestra. In high school I was first chair, and learned to conduct the orchestra. I attended Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield Missouri. I created my own string quartet while studying there. I studied Violin under Mr. Harold King, who was a good friend of Jascha Heifetz and was his roommate in Chicago where they studied music together. I have studied Violin and Piano with many other instructors, including Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee's record
ing pianist. I studied modern and jazz piano with Paul Horn's Jazz Group. I was vocal coach for 3 years for the Pasadena, California Ambassador choir.I have taught for approx. 50 years privately and in various colleges and schools. I was a co-founder and owner of Pasadena School of music in Pasadena California . I was an instructor for Beacock Music in Vancouver, Washington. I have been a member or the Clark College Orchestra and have performed in several concerts with them.I currently perform all over Oregon and Washington, and perform weekly for various functions in the area.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room:Roland electronic piano, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** Violin All required music
*** Specialties *** Suzuki Violin, normal Violin Methods, Classical Violin and Piano, modern music piano & theory, and Viola.
Lisa O. November 14, 2013
Viola Verified Student
JACK IS TERRIFIC!
I wish we had found Jack years ago. We hired Jack specifically to help my daughter prepare for an audition. The audition was a success! Jack's approach to teaching is no nonsense and precise, but he has a warm and gentle way about him that motivated my daughter in a way that others haven't. Aside from his teaching ability, I was pleasantly surprised with Jack's sense of urgency and flexibility in responding to special scheduling needs. This is the first time I have been inspired to write an on-line testimony. I hope it helps other students discover Jack's tutoring.
Sharri L. October 31, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Deserves 6 stars
If I looked for a million years I could not have found a better instructor than Jack. He is a peach. I am an older student with Osteoarthritis and I'm hoping that violin will both help avoid Altzheimer's and exercise and stretch the fingers. Jack is sympathetic to my needs and is helping in any way possible. I always look forward to Jack and his sunny personality and expertise. I'm sure that I have reached the epitome of "difficult students", but Jack is always patient and pleasant. He is a true professional in every sense.
TD L. October 30, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Jack is a great teacher! He teaches well and professionally. He picked out the right text books for the lesson which I think very importance. My girls piano skills improve significantly. He also makes it fun to learn so the girls love it. Highly recommend him to everyone.
I have a Master's in Acting and Directing and support fields in Music. I coach singing, acting, speech, and piano for a wide range of ages. I teach many styles of acting from stage to film and in between including Shakespeare I have studied a variety of methods on acting and will cater to the interests of my students. I have a degree in Speech and Communications as well as Performing arts and would love to help you with your public speaking or every day speech needs. I coach from two locations. A studio in SE Portland and from a studio in my home. I would love to talk with you further about
your personal goals in regards with what you would like to study.
*** Lesson Details *** I want my students to enjoy the arts but the music and acting is hard work. My students will be well rounded in their subjects and have the opportunity to cross over if they would like. I pay attention to my students needs and wants. I would like students to be open minded about the work that they are being taught but I also want to take their interests to heart. If a student brings me music or a monologue that they would like to work on, I will review it and try to incorporate it within our studies.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, flute, metronome, recording devices, internet access, text books and scanner and copier access, mirrors, etc.
*** Specialties *** Musical Theater Shakespeare Acting Acting for Singers Auditioning how to's Script Analysis Classical acting Various acting methods Classical Flute Music Theory Sight Singing Public Speaking Stage Dialects IPA Speech concerns and options
Monica M. January 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Kristin is a very experienced and versatile teacher. She makes it fun and exciting, so much that my daughter looks forward to every lesson. She accomidates our busy schedule and is always willing to put in extra effort to help my child learn and succeed. We love her and she is highly recommended!
Miranda N. January 25, 2016
Online Verified Student
She is great! Very patient, easy to get along with and really knows her stuff.
Kaitlynn H. January 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Kristin is very encouraging and willing to work with your schedule. She combines many excercises to really get your brain thinking about the music. Piano seemed like a foreign language at first, but Kristin has made it very easy to connect all the conepts together.
My name's Kayla and I'm a voice teacher/actor/singer/dancer from Portland. I've got 16 years experience in the performing arts under my belt. I can teach all vocals styles : Classical,Jazz,Musical Theatre,Rock and Metal. I specialize in Rock and Metal vocals with an emphasis on vocal safety and technique. I'm also available for acting coaching and audition preparation. I also offer my opinions and an inside look into the performing arts whenever I can. With a couple years of touring under my belt and several professional shows as well as my experience in film, I hope that I can help to answer
any questions you may have about choosing this as a career. Looking forward to working with you! - Kayla
April W. May 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
She is very knowledgable, helpful, and personable but not the most punctual. She knows how to communicate her knowledge in a way that is easily understood.
Ann April 18, 2016
Broadway Singing ·
Online Verified Student
Stacia March 31, 2016
Vocal Training ·
Online Verified Student
I enjoyed my lesson with Kayla. She helped me understand the basics and encouraged me to practice a lot!
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