Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Hillary
"Charles is an awesome teacher!
Our 6 year old son looks forward to his drum lesson with Charles every week. He keeps the lesson upbeat and fun, playing d
ifferent rhythm games and guessing games. I can attest to Charles being great with the little ones. He is a very reliable, professional, upbeat teacher! We are glad our experience has been so positive!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Tiffany
Bijan is an excellent instructor. With whatever you are going to learn, he knows what he is doing. Even though I only took cello
lessons for a short time, he taught me so much with each lesson. He is worth the money and you will learn so much."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jewel
"Lesson Tailored to my Goals
Melanie did a phenomenal job of giving me tailored instruction to where I wanted to go with my voice. The tools she gave me i
n our lessons have helped me produce the strength I'm looking for in my unique sound. And I love her bright and joyful attitude as she teaches. Such a great experience!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Larry
"I enjoyed my first piano lesson.
Jane is an excellent teacher and a very professional person."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Cindy
"Amazing teacher for pop singing :)
Melody is amazing vocal teacher. I've been taken lessons with multiple teachers before and shes the first one to point
out my problem. She is always encouraging, enthusiastic, funny, and professional. Most importantly, she's got a gift for explaining and demonstrating technique.
Highly recommend!! If you like to learn pop singing, which is what i'm learning right now, you'll noticed the improvement after just couple classes."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Subhashini
My daughter is taking lessons with Mike for over 2 months now. Mike is extremely patient and encourages her alot. He is amazing with kids
and makes the lessons more fun. We are glad that we found him because she really enjoys the class with him."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Claribel
"Yana is a wonderful teacher
I was a bit hesitant of enrolling my daughter in lessons because of the expense not only for the lessons but I knew piano les
sons meant a piano or keyboard would also need to be purchased. Yana is so great with her, she has given her a love and better understanding of music. Yana is very patient and a great teacher, she understands my daughter very well and challenges her without crushing her spirits. I highly recommend her, this has been worth every penny!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Michael
Phil was my teacher starting from 7th grade all the way through high school and I had a blast. He prepared me for playing the full drumset
in my school's jazz band. I can proudly say that I became one of the most prepared and technically advanced drummers in my class because of him and still remember most of the techniques I learned 10 years later. He also made drumming engaging and fun and truly helped instill in me a desire to drum the rest of my life, even though its not actually my career. Additionally, when I got good enough, Phil helped me join a rock band with three student guitarists at the School of Rock, which was fantastic because then I was able to actually apply what I learned and diversify my drumming. Overall, I look back on Phil's teaching as being an incredibly rewarding experience for me and if I had kids who wanted to play drums, I would totally have him teach them. Thanks again Phil."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Leslie
"Shayna is awesome
My son has taken lessons with Shayna and although we have to take a break due to financial reasons, I can't say enough good about Shayn
a. My son LOVES her and usually he talks and doesn't want to do things someone elses way but with Shayna he followed what she asked and she made incredible progress with him in a very short period of time. She was patient with him and had a wonderful way to get him to learn necessary things without him realizing it. She was able to keep him focused and very interested. I would highly recommend Shayna to any parent that is looking for a teacher for his/her child. We will rebook with Shayna soon."
Stacey is a professional soprano known as an active performer in the Cincinnati area. Stacey has sung for 9 seasons with the Cincinnati Opera as a member of the core chorus and sings with Cincinnati's professional chamber choir the Vocal Arts Ensemble. She also sings with the North American New Opera Workshop.
Stacey has studied piano from the age of 5 and is great for beginning or intermediate piano students.
Stacey has taught students of all ages and with various musical styles. Her students have included professional ballet dancers with Broadway aspirations, an 8-year-old girl
simply wanting to break out of her shyness, and high school students preparing for College auditions. Her students have performed in nationally known rock bands, been accepted into College music programs, they have been members of the May festival Youth Chorus, the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts, and have traveled to Europe with competitive touring choirs.
Stacey's operatic performing credits include Autumn in Charles Halka's Layover with NANOworks Opera, the Mother in Amahl and Night Visitors with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with the College-Conservatory of Music , Mimi from Puccini's La Boheme in the CCM's Opera scenes program, Donna Donna in P.D.Q Bach's The Abduction of Figaro , 1st Lady in Mozart's Die ZauberflÃ¶te and Juno in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld all at the DePauw University Opera Theatre. Other partial roles/scenes performed include Suzel in Mascangi's Lamico Fritz, Countess in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte.
More than just singing opera Stacey is known for her versatility as a classical singer regularly doing cross over work. She regularly gigs as a jazz/popular singer accompanying herself on the piano. Her musical theater performing credits include Mama in Everybody's Buddy: The Buddy LaRosa Story, Shelia in Hair with DePauw University, Ensemble/Soprano Soloist in Sweeny Todd, Sonia in Godspell with the Lakeside Players and Yonah in Children of Eden with the Lakeside Players.
Stacey received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Paver. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University with a B.M. in Vocal Performance. She studied with Caroline Smith and Stanley Irwin.
Stacey is originally from Florence, Kentucky and takes pride in impacting her home community through music.
*** Lesson Details *** Stacey is known for adapting lessons for the individual. Each body is unique and thus each vocal instrument is unique. Stacey takes time to get to know each student and caters to their specific needs and goals. She believes in well rounded performers working often on dramatic intentions, overall professionalism, and stage presence. She also prepares her students with their audition packages and stresses the importance of regular performance. Stacey is a very open and caring individual but expects hard work from her students.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha upright piano, Yamaha portable keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a portable keyboard. I expect a semi private space to teach.
I have been playing guitar since the age of 9. I have studied Classical, and Jazz at CCM's Prep Dept. in middle school and throughout high school as well as rock, folk, country etc. with other local teachers. I started teaching lessons at the age of 18 in local music stores and have never stopped. While doing this I attended The College of Mount St. Joseph where I studied Classical and Jazz guitar as well as Music Ed. In addition to my 22 years of private lesson experience, I have 2 years of classroom experience teaching general music in elementary schools. I believe it is my years as a s
tudent and instructor that enable me to be an effective teacher, having had learned what worked for me as a student, and what has shown to work as a teacher.
*** Lesson Details *** I cater my lesson to the individual. I like for students to have a structured practice routine and working knowledge of music and their instrument, but it has to be fun. I have students who learn Classical, rock, and Jazz. Each lesson is different. Some people just want to be able to play their favorite songs by a camp fire, and others want to go on to perform at Carnegie Hall. I enjoy teaching both lessons and put forth the same enthusiasm for each one. You get out of the guitar or bass what you put into it in terms of learning and practicing. The level of achievement is up to you, I will help guide you to meet your goals regardless of how large or small they are.
*** Studio Equipment *** Spare music room: guitars, amps, bass; computer with recording software, ProTools seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** I have all the equipment necessary. I would like the student to have an instrument, but if not I can provide one for the lesson.
*** Specialties *** I'm really pretty versatile. Over 18 years of teaching anywhere from 80 to 100 students a week will do that.
Natalie January 25, 2017
Works really well with my 11-year old son and treats him with respect. My son looks forward to the lessons.
Caroline April 22, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My daughter loved her first lesson! She is excited to go back.
Ethan February 28, 2016
In home Verified Student
My son feels very comfortable with Jon. Jon's enthusiasm and passion for music and teaching is very evident. My son can't wait for his next lesson and practices diligently.
Hi, my name is Zak! Music is a beautiful thing. It has the so much power. It can be used to send a message, move and inspire people. Music can impact emotions, it is a beautiful and powerful thing!
Music, and teaching have always been a big passion in my life. The ability to take knowledge of a subject that you have, and show, share, and shape someone and pass on that knowledge to them. It is an amazing feeling. I am a passionate, and caring instructor. My teaching style is encouraging, motivating, and educational. I fully believe that you can do anything you set your mind to, and I use th
at by showing my students that I believe in them.
I use a curriculum that was taught to me, and has been used in schools and universities. This curriculum fits all age groups and skill levels. Starting with Rock, moving to Funk, ending with Jazz. When drumming playing with music, learning improvisation, and playing by ear is important. I also focus on this, having students learn their favorite songs, and learn to play with new music as well. This keeps students interested, and adds a fun personal element to their lessons. I also have implemented use of a teaching app, so while practicing if students have a question they can ask me right then so to not forget, and I can give feedback. It also has a practice tracker tool. If you have any questions feel free to email me.
I look forward to meeting you, and helping you reach your music goals!
~ Zaky N.
Levi M. August 21, 2016
In home Verified Student
My son is 10 years old and has zero experience with music but wanted to give drumming a try. Zaky was perfect- encouraging, fun, and friendly. Zaky is a clear teacher who stealthily sneaks in terms and concepts while the kids are hands on. I'd absolutely recommend him for any age student!
ADAM PRALEIKAS February 22, 2016
In home Verified Student
Pragya B G. March 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
"Todd is a very gifted and motivated guitarist with an uncommon aptitude for teaching." Rodney Stucky
"Todd is passionate about teaching, and dedicates himself to this with utmost energy and purpose. He is always extremely successful in producing a high level of achievement with every student." Jeffrey Van
One of the most important duties of a competent instructor is teaching students how to practice. This is just as true for the rank beginner as it is for the advanced student, or even professional. Everyone can learn to play music and play it well if
given competent instruction. Learning to play well is learning about the mind and body, and how to use it to one's potential. As the awareness of the self is refined, not only is the playing improved, but the potential for greatness is elevated. Learning to perform music with security and confidence is fun!
Eric S. January 14, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great first day!
Holly January 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
Todd was great to start from the very beginning with me. I have no experience at all with the guitar but his confidence in his teaching and in me is encouraging.
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