Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Sandy
"Priscilla has a lovely, easy going personality while being motivated to get the best out of a student during the lesson time. She is very perceptive and c
an easily understand what will motivate and "click " with a student. Priscilla recommended apps for tuning our guitar as well as songs to practice at home. She is proactive and easy to communicate with regarding changes in schedules and weather issues (we started in the beginning of 2015 and it snowed a bunch for this area). We appreciate her guidance for practicing since we do not play the guitar."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Will
"I bought a ukulele and tried to teach myself at first but was not very successful. I got a couple of lessons as a Christmas gift and now I can actually pl
ay! Jared is a great teacher and can help you with any problems you are having even through the Skype lessons. I'm not going to lie, I was a little apprehensive about taking online lessons at first but I'm really glad I got a chance to take them with Jared, I would highly recommend it to any beginners out there!"
Los Angeles, CA 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 Brogan
"A Fantastic Instructor!!!
I have known Derek for many years, and can say what an excellent young man he is in character and helpfulness, As a mother of 1
0 children, I am concerned that their teachers be well qualified and have a positive influence on my kids. Derek is a wonderful teacher, encouaging, talented, and able to help even the most basic drummer. If he ever plays for you, his giftedness will shine! He is truely an fantastic instructor and my son enjoyed every lesson with him. I would HIGHLY recommend him as your choice to learn and improve in percussion."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Heleen
"The real deal
After being told my voice had "potential" for years I decided to take the leap. I started taking voice lessons eights months ago and Im hap
py to say I've added an entire octave to my range. Chase is encouraging, enjoyable, professional and extremely talented. Being a beginner - I was apprehensive at first but my anxiety was no more after the first lesson. I would recommend him to anyone - regardless of level. Thank you, Chase! You're a gem!"
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Megan
"We enjoyed Denise's lessons for our 10 year old daughter."
Fort Pierce, FL teacher:
Review by caryn
"Sean is patient, skilled and diligent. We are very pleased with his teaching so far. One of my sons is taking piano and the other guitar and both of them
love taking lessons with Sean. He really adapts each lesson to the individual child's interests and skill level. I would highly recommend him."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Alexandra
"Rachel is not only amazingly talented, she also knows exactly how to free the voice into a beautiful, fluid way. She has so much information to share and
you will leave feeling fulfilled and strong. Thank you so much for all your help, Ms. S.! You make singing easy, passionate, and delightful!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Juli
"Patient, caring, consistent reliable teacher. She was very much loved by all the students she was in charge of."
Elizabeth has been praised for her clear ringing soprano voice, excellent comic timing, and warm and enlightening performances (The News Journal of Wilmington, DE). She is a versatile singer and actively performs in musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She is also an established and respected voice and piano teacher.
Elizabeth was most recently seen as Joanie in The Full Monty at Candlelight Theatre in Delaware. Other recent performances include June in Musical of Musicals: The Musical and Peaches/ Baby Jane in Jerry Springer: The Opera with Bootless Stageworks in Wilmington, DE, solo perf
ormances with the New Voices Cabaret at the Society Hill Playhouse in Center City, and Woman 2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra with Mainstage Center for the Arts in Blackwood, NJ. She has performed numerous leading roles with Philadelphia area Gilbert and Sullivan companies, most notably appearing as Angelina in Trial by Jury with The Savoy Company, winning Best American Production at the 2011 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. Her G &S performance credits include the roles of Patience (Patience), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), Rose Maybud (Ruddigore), Phyllis (Iolanthe), and Fiammetta (Gondoliers). Additionally, she has pioneered roles in new operas, including Gwendolyn in The Crowded House at the 2010 Philly Fringe Festival and Zelda in Black Horses with OperaDelaware at the 2009 Wilmington Fringe Festival. She "tackled the challenging score with gusto, her beautiful soprano and excellent diction winning in even the highest vocal points" (The Community News of Wilmington, DE).
Elizabeth holds an M.M. in vocal performance from West Virginia University, where she was featured in numerous WVU Opera Theatre productions and was the soprano soloist with WVU Choirs in Faure's Requiem and Handel's Lord Nelson Mass. While at WVU, Elizabeth resumed taking lessons at the piano, which she had previously studied for many years, and exceeded the piano proficiency level required by the university. She also holds a B.A. in music and international studies from Emory University. Elizabeth has studied and performed internationally, both at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, where she was the recipient of the Lemmonds Scholarship, and at the Bel Canto program in conjunction with L'Arena di Verona opera company in Verona, Italy.
As a graduate assistant at WVU, Elizabeth taught voice lessons to music education and performance majors as well as a course on vocal pedagogy. After graduating, she served as adjunct faculty, in which capacity she taught vocal repertoire and opera theater. She has maintained a private studio since 2005, in which she instructs students in voice and piano.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fun, enthusiastic teacher who cares deeply about her students and their growth as musicians and people. I believe teaching works best when students are relaxed, having fun, and are actively engaged in the learning process. Musical skills depend upon muscles, so it is important that you practice what we work on during lessons at home if you wish to see real progress. I will work hard along with you and ask for your input during lessons; we are partners in the learning process.
My specialty is the voice. I teach classical vocal technique with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. Through the course of my training, I have studied the Alexander Technique, which is a method that has been used by actors, musicians, and athletes to find optimal body-mind coordination to achieve better results. The voice is the only instrument that is literally your body, so we will be using these tools to improve posture, breathing, and resonance. By learning a healthy vocal technique, you can expect improved tone quality, an expanded vocal and dynamic range, greater resonance, increased agility, improved diction, and more. Healthy vocal technique can be applied to any genre, but I work mostly with classical and musical theater repertoire as this is my area of expertise.
I am also an established piano teacher and have had much success teaching beginning and intermediate students from ages 4 to 91 in various styles of music. I believe it is important for students to learn how to read and interpret written music as well as understand the structure behind it, so in addition to learning musical basics, I incorporate music theory into lessons. I encourage my piano students to learn how to read lead sheets and create chord accompaniments as well, which opens the door for comfortably playing in all sorts of styles sooner than would be possible by classical approaches alone. I also work on improvisation and songwriting with my piano students.
Whichever you choose to study (voice, piano, or both), I tailor lessons to suit each student's needs. I would like to enable you to meet your musical goals, whatever they may be.
*** Studio Equipment *** An upright piano, a designated music room, vocal and piano music materials, metronome, full length mirror, ability to record lessons in my studio
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical and musical theater repertoire. I also have training in Alexander Technique.
Aurora M. April 15, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Elizabeth is the best teacher I could ever have! She has helped me gaining confidence when I started singing in a middle school play and now that I have a main role in a high school play, her coaching and support have been priceless! She is my compass, guiding me in the right direction! I highly recommend her!
Gloria S. July 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Elizabeth is wonderful with couching to improve voice quality and singing technique. Her sensitivity and professionalism is definitely plus. Getting valuable advise to correct and to improve singing habit is very important to me.
Thank you so much for recording the lessons as I could review and practice along with you.
I am happy with the three lessons which I took; and, hope to continue my voice lessons with her. Keep up the excellent work ~
Claudia C. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Elizabeth, is a wonderful teacher. She is very professional, knowledgeable and encouraging. My 12 year old loves her, and in the few months that she has been seeing her, has made big steps in her performing arts goals. I am really glad that Elizabeth is there for my daughter, and I know we will be taking lessons from her for a very long time .
Learn to love music from the inside out--by understanding the fundamentals so you can create and recreate music for personal enjoyment and to share with others. It is my privilege to join children, youth and adults in developing your musical talents and gifts. I teach beginner-intermediate piano students. I tailor the focus and styles of music to your needs and preferences, and include training for success. I am life-long musician with a music degree (vocal and keyboards) from Messiah College. I also direct the music and worship ministries for my congregation.
I do have a dog at my home stu
dio. He's friendly, but can be contained in another part of the house if that is helpful to you.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are 1/2 hour to 1 hour a week, and include theory, technique and performance songs. I strive for a positive, friendly atmosphere, with praise for incremental progress and encouragement for areas of improvement. Students use the Alfred series and other supplements, graded to the student's age, ability and interests.
*** Studio Equipment *** Home- studio in large living room space seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I teach a well-rounded approach, combining technique, theory and songs from various musical styles in a graded, graduated progression. Then I supplement with additional music according to the interests and growing ability of the student.
Benjamin L. November 4, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Helped me step up my playing
I had been teaching myself piano for many years when I reached a point where I was not improving and realized I needed a teacher. Sharon helped me work on my weaknesses as a musician and had a good eye for pieces that helped me build on my strengths. We always had fun working together, and she was always good about working around my busy schedule.
SalimaA April 26, 2012
Sharon is doing a great job, she is well organized and knows what she's doing. I am pleased that she gives my daughter concrete feedbck and lessons to practice at home. The only problem is my daughter could use a little more practice time with her.
Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!
I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument. I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester
University. I also studied privately with Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.
I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands and freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!
I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.
For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.
For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.
Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:
1) Those who have good ears, but can't read. 2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them. 3) Those with great ears who also read well.
Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.
One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.
I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.
I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.
*** Specialties *** I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything. I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
Vince S. January 12, 2015
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.
We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
Ellen L. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .
My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student
I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
Vincent M. May 10, 2013
Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!
Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
Jeff has a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Temple University. He has performed as a percussionist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Opera, and Percussion Ensemble, United Percussion, and the Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. He is also a performing member of the Outside Sound Ensemble, an educational program that implements art and music to work with students and adults with disabilities. Jeff is currently the Percussion Caption Head at Neshaminy High School, as well as percussion and drum teacher at Springside Chestn
ut Hill Academy.
In 2014, Jeff joined the staff of the North Penn High School Percussion Ensemble. In the past, he has instructed the drum line at Upper Darby and Pennsbury high schools. Jeff has a WGI Percussion Independent Open Gold Medal with United Percussion and a WGI Percussion Scholastic Open Bronze Medal with Upper Darby High School. Jeff is a Grammy-nominated timpanist with the Temple University Orchestra, and he has recorded timpani with the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra on the Naxos label.
Jeff recently released his debut solo electronic EP under the name Duncan in October of 2013, and joined the Philadelphia-based hard rock band Palaceburn as the drummer. He also plays drums for Revolution, I Love You, an up and coming electronic power pop band originally from Wilmington, DE. In 2015, Jeff will be joining the instructional staff of Field of View, a percussion ensemble based out of West Chester, PA.
Laura W. October 27, 2014
In home Verified Student
Jeff is awesome. He's engaging and my 8 year old is now practicing between lessons without being told. We are very happy with Jeff.
I am 23 years old, a Lansdale, PA native now living in Philadelphia who is enjoying a career as a performer, writer, teacher, and student of music. Music is my world.
I have a bachelors degree in Jazz Bass Performance from Temple University, but I have years of experience playing and teaching other styles of music including classical, rock, Latin, blues, etc. While at Temple, I served as the music theory tutor for 2 years and worked with a blind student every week. I am a patient, encouraging teacher and enjoy finding new and creative ways to help my students succeed. Since 2010, I have tau
ght private lessons and tutored a diverse array of students.
My promise to all students: I will pass on the love for and dedication to music that my teachers gave to me. I will always be ready to give 110% percent in my lessons and expect the same from you. Whether you want to be playing stadiums in 6 months or just want to learn your favorite songs, I will tailor lessons to fit YOUR needs and always give the type of supportive, honest feedback that I think you need.
***Lesson Details*** I like to start off by having the student tell me what kind of music s/he is interested in, what goals (if any) s/he has, and assess how I can best use my experience to help him/her to succeed. I always suggest that students practice every day, whether its for 15 minutes or 5 hours, to get the most out of every lesson.
***Travel Equipment*** Upright & bass guitar JBL Bluetooth speaker/recordings ZOOM stereo recording device Pencils/manuscript paper
Notable Venues: The Kimmel Center, World Café Live, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Berks County Jazz Festival, Chris’ Jazz Café, PA Convention Center (Philadelphia metro); Carnegie Hall, Somethin’ Jazz Club (NYC); Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); B-flat (Berlin)
Notable Artists: Bobby Watson, Joanna Pascale, Tim Warfield, Byron Lanham, Dan Monaghan, Josh Richman, Greg Kettinger , Conjunto Philadelphia, Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five, Tim Janis
Laura L. June 24, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable. When something doesn't work, he finds different ways of presenting the material. He gave me a lot of effective tools to work through things I'm not very good at. He's just a really good teacher!
Elizabeth S. June 23, 2015
Ear Training ·
Max was really patient with me. I got frustrated when I didn't get the hang immediately but he worked through the issues with me and was very supportive. Definitely a super nice guy who knows his stuff!
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Vocal Tips: How to Set Yourself Apart as a Singer
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The Road to Becoming a Better Singer
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2. "The piano ain't got no wrong notes." - Thelonious Monk
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