Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Becki
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Teresa
"This was my first lesson in 30 years. Constance was very good at asking questions and giving me some exercises to do so she could assess what my skill lev
el is. She gave me an assignment to work on between now and next week's lesson. I am looking forward to learning more. Thank you, Constance! :)"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by C
"Sing from your heart!
I had the great fortune to take many vocal performances classes from Rob. Rob really helped me find the singing voice I had longed
to express. Through teaching fundamentals and exploring correct breathing techniques, Rob taught me how to sing correctly. Through his years of performance, he taught me how to engage with my audience and express the music. And through his heart-centered approach, he taught me how to really enjoy performing. Rob is very gifted, patient, and effective. I have seen him work wonders with myself and other students. Not only will you be thrilled with the results, but you will get to know this amazing man."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by K
"Actually learning guitar!
"I don't know how I got so lucky to find one of the few teachers in the area that not only enjoys playing but also teaches flam
enco guitar. Mark is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, multi-talented and endlessly patient, a crucial quality for a thick-headed adult student like me. He takes his work seriously and conducts himself very professionally, but still manages to make every lesson a lot of fun. Amazingly, I am learning to play the guitar, which I never thought I could. Highly recommended.""
Gainesville, GA teacher:
Review by Kenya
"Excellent vocal teacher
We have found Mr. Studivant to be professional, courteous and experienced. He has helped to develop and improve my daughter's voc
al ability and her singing confidence has grown (in front of other people). He communicates in a timely fashion and provides necessary feedback on her progress. We are grateful to have him."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Joan
I worked with Marie for a few years before she moved away from Florida. We worked on piano and voice. She was patient and encouraging. I am in
my 60s and she had no issue with that. She always said that music is for everyone. If she lived closer I would still be studying with her."
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Kenneth
"I bought a bass guitar about two years ago, and now that I'm taking lessons, I can finally put it to use! Bill has been an wonderful instructor so far, an
d each lesson we work on what I want to improve on or learn about. He's very knowledgeable, talented, and all round fun to work with. I'd recommend him to anyone interested in playing bass!"
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Annie
Having Jonathan as my tutor has been very satisfying. He is a talented musician and an excellent teacher. He is skilled at patiently comm
unicating difficult concepts to those new to music. He made me feel more confident about my strong points while gradually moving me out of my comfort zone. In this way, I learned a great deal more than expected. I left the sessions with a richer understanding and appreciation of chord progressions, tonality, interpretation. I would highly recommend Jonathan to anyone."
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by Denise
I have had a great experience so far. Farobag is patient and motivating. I look forward to future lessons."
I have performed my whole life! I started with choir in Elementary School, and was in choir all throughout Middle School and High School. My show choir was featured on the pilot episode on Glee! I graduated from college with a degree in Classical vocal performance, and am classically trained. I love Musical Theatre, and a good Mariah Carey song, on any given day!
In college I had extensive theory training and took over 40 units of just Music theory including, ear training, and counterpoint.
I have performed in over 3 operas, and I think that performance is very important in all asp
ects of life!
I took piano for 10 years, and believe that piano is the foundation for any sort of musical training.
I have been teaching for about 3-4 years now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!! I can't imagine doing anything else.
*** Lesson Details *** I always bring necessary materials to our first lesson. From there, I will assess where the student is at, and prescribe the proper methodology. I have an excellent selection of vocal books, and am willing to suggest other books that might be suitable.
I use 2 different methods for teaching piano. The Alfred Series or the Faber and Faber series. I will asses which will be necessary to for the student after our first lesson.
I am not a strict teacher, but I am not laid back either. I expect all of my students to practice at least 4-5 times a week. However, I do understand when unexpected life circumstances come up, and time does not permit one to practice.
For my piano students, after 3 months, you can expect to be reading music on the staff, and after 6 months, with practice you can expect to be playing music off the staff with hands together hopefully in the second level. :)
For vocal students, after 3-6 months, my students will have developed a healthier, better technique to singing. Hopefully we will have 3-5 songs in the students repertoire list, and he/she will gain a sense of confidence when singing out loud or in front of an audience.
Guitar students can expect to learn how to play their favorite pop song within 3 months.
ASL students will be able to participate in deaf conversation within 6-9 months. However, by the end of the first 3 months, students will be able to finger spell their names, as well as various greetings to introduce themselves, and start conversations with deaf people. *** Studio Equipment *** I have a piano at my home, as well as a plethora of vocal and piano repertoire.
*** Travel Equipment *** Necessary supplementary curriculum for students to learn. I expect the students to have a piano or keyboard, ready to use for weekly lessons.
***Strength*** Keeping the lesson grounded, focused, with a clear objective, all while being fun, and engaging.
Griffin October 12, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Jayna has been absolutely wonderful thus far! I really didn't know what to expect going into these lessons, but her young-self is full of life. She is very skilled and highly knowledgeable in musicality. Thirty minutes is plenty of time for the content we go over, but would love to stay and talk music even longer if I could. She is as relatable and personable as anyone. Jayna has a good way of making the lessons fun, while maintaining stern-enough attitude to keep you focused and on-track. I really couldn't enjoy my time more with and look forward to many months of lessons ahead.
Cole M. October 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Jayna is a fantastic teacher.
Tien N. October 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My 4-year-old daughter loves taking lessons with Jayna. She has learned so much over 2 months. Jayna's lessons are always fun and productive. We will stay with Jayna as long as we stay in AZ.
Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and s
tage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, which performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.
As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the K-3 Make A Joyful Noise group at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, The Jailer's Daughter in Wind in the Willows, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school teacher at Grace Community Christian School, and teaches General Music K-12 at Young Disciples Christian Academy.
During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU and traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.
Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.
*** Lesson Details *** Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine. Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude. Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.
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*** Studio Equipment *** Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.
*** Specialties *** I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
David A. July 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
Very punctual, pleasant and able teacher. Detailed-oriented instruction. Very helpful with theory as well.
Larry Sindle February 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.
Elizabeth N. July 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
I think l have gotten the right piano teach. I was happy with her first lesson.
Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.
I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilita
Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.
*** Lesson Details *** I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.
My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.
Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.
*** Studio Equipment *** A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.
*** Travel Equipment *** Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.
*** Specialties *** Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar. Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc. Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set. I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
Dan D. June 24, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Aaron is a good instructor and a great resource for knowledge. Learning alot.
dave August 24, 2015
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Michelle M. August 18, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Aaron is a great instructor! I've been taking drum lessons with Aaron for over 2 years. He brings enthusiasm and positive energy into each lesson. He is very talented, and his passion for drumming is evident in the way he teaches. Lessons are always fun. Aaron is patient and encouraging. I have a very random work schedule, and Aaron is always willing to accommodate me when scheduling a lesson.
Kathryn has taken violin lessons since she was 5 for a total of 14 years and has taken lessons from various prominent teachers in the Vegas and St. George area. Kathryn graduated from Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts under the Music Academy where she was pushed by talented peers and faculty to grow as a musican. During her senior year she was her school's Sterling Scholar in Music, won the opportunity to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, and got superior ratings at various music festivals throughout the state. Kathryn has recently studied for a
year at Dixie State University in music and plans to transfer to ASU soon to continue her degree.
During her junior year of high school, Kathryn began teaching violin lessons to students at Vista Charter School. Since then, she developed her own independent studio and through her first year of college taught private lesson at The Music Store where she gained a full-size studio.
Susan S. September 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
Kathryn is the best teacher! I love her teaching method. My dog Ziggie loved her too, she wouldn't leave her alone......
Gabby June 10, 2016
In home Verified Student
Our first experience was great, I expect even more great things in the weeks to come.
Kathy August 12, 2015
Kathryn is amazing! She taught my daughter for a few years and is so good. She is talented, kind, patient, and a fantastic teacher! Violin lessons with Kathryn were a weekly highlight for my daughter. I highly recommend Kathryn!!
Thorough comprehension of music theory, technique and performance. I offer an understanding of the learning process it takes to learn what's next. Being young and relatable I teach FUN lessons for all ages and skill levels. My teaching ethic comes from years of marching experience and a career recording drumset in the Los Angeles studio scene. Lessons will replicate much of what I learned during my 4 years attending Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Come learn a practical approach to accomplishing challenging goal and congratulations on your decision to seek musical education! Message me using
the link in my profile and click the green button at the top to schedule!!!
Dave October 19, 2016
Gerhardt provides a great foundation for what it takes to learn music and the drums. He is patient and works with you to understand your goals and music taste to make it a fun experience. His videos help to practice in off time as well...
Cynthia G. August 10, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher! Easy to understand and takes time to explain things clearly.
When a child begins playing piano, the first few months must be entertaining enough to keep them engaged, but educational enough that they feel they are making progress. There are many piano books for kids available, but a few provide the right mix of familiarity and challenges likely to keep your child's attention. The majority of beginning piano books for kids include nursery rhymes and childrens songs, so finding a book that they can enjoy is easy. However, it is balancing this with less fam …
Getting Started: 5 Wonderful Piano Books for Kids
When a child begins playing piano, the first few months must be entertaining enough to keep them engaged, but educational enough that they feel they are making progress. There are many piano books for kids available, but a few provide the right mix of familiarity and challenges likely to keep your child's attention. The majority of beginning piano books for kids include nursery rhymes and childrens songs, so finding a book that they can enjoy is easy. However, it is balancing this with less fam
How to Play 10 Songs on the Ukulele Using 4 Simple Chords
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10 Inspirational Quotes from Famous Violin Players
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How to Sing the National Anthem: 9 Videos You Can Learn From
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How to Get Ready for Your First Piano Lesson
So youve decided to take the plunge and schedule your first piano lesson? Congratulations! If youre feeling a little nervous, youre not alone. Its totally normal to get the jitters when youre about to do something new for the first time.
Preparing for your lesson is a great way to banish your nerves, plus youll show up to your lesson primed for success. Follow these 5 steps and enjoy the excitement of your first piano lesson!
1. Ask Your Teacher
Before lessons begin, have a chat