Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Martine
"Gaw is a very professional and friendly teacher. I am really enjoying her teaching style. She is always supporting and encouraging. After only a few lesso
ns, I already feel like I have learned a lot and continue to learn quickly."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Barry
great and very helpful teacher. his willingness to listen to your ideas is wonderful! couldn't have asked for a better teacher to learn f
rom! grt job!"
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Monika
Our Daughter has not stopped glowing after placing 2nd in a local talent competition! Tina helped bring the personality and confidence ou
t of our Daughter. She is patient, understanding and knowledgeable. Our Daughter looks forward to every lesson and learns more each time. Thank you Tina for all you have done...you are a hidden gem of the desert!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Brenda
"Jared has such terrific enthusiasm, and brings that to each lesson. He really pushed my daughter to try new music types she wouldn't have normally looked
at, yet enjoyed playing. Highly recommend him!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Melissa
I take Skype lessons with Raymond and used to take in-person lessons before I moved out of state. Raymond is such an excellent teacher and
musician that I could write a very long review. Starting from the very first lesson, he put me at ease. He knows guitar and musical theory like the back of his hand, and with a few well-chosen explanations, I am always surprised at how much I learn and how much fun it is. He has a gentle personality, a wonderful sense of musical expression, and a great sense of humor. Hearing his beautiful playing is tremendously inspiring. He is always kind and encouraging and has sparked a dedication in me that I am truly proud of."
Jacksonville, FL teacher:
Raymond (Remi) L.
Review by Christie
I really enjoy piano lessons. He is very positive and keeps me learning. I love piano!"
I am a professional gigging musician, teacher, producer, and session player with a degree in Music Theory and Guitar performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. I've had the pleasure of playing in many bands, opening for such acts as David Grohl with Chevy Metal, The Animals, and Eddie Money. I can teach multiple styles including, but not limited to: rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, metal, alternative, reggae, and classical guitar. I've taught people of all ages and am proud to see many of them start bands of their own. I take pride in sharing my passion and knowledge to anyone
willing to learn, and am ready to take you to the next level of playing music!
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I'd like to mention that I'm 100% confident in my teaching skills when it comes to any age or skill level. I've taught barebones beginner classes as well as seriously advanced students who have been playing for 10+ years.
Get more bang for your buck! What you will receive when purchasing lessons with me:
-Custom tailored lesson plans that suit you or your child's specific needs. -A fun, safe, and encouraging learning environment with a highly trained and experienced musician. -A professionally recorded demo cd of you or your child's playing which can be used for auditions, resume's, or personal enjoyment (huge value for your money). -Take home video of any lesson you have with me, so it can be referred to later for practice. -Access to personalized backing tracks for you to jam with at home.
My philosophy on teaching and music:
Playing music is fun! Period. Learning how to play shouldn't be any different! My lessons are structured and informative, and at the same time fun and relaxing. As far as specifics, lessons are always custom tailored to each student. The first thing I do, is assess the student's skill level, what they hope to learn, and musical tastes. Lesson plans are then designed specifically for each student and directed towards their personal goals and needs. I focus on areas such as, learning to play songs, the proper development of technique, chord and scale theory, ear training, chart reading, rhythm notation, improvisation, and song writing.
About every 3 to 6 months, I like to have a student project in which the student gets to record an original or cover song of their choice. The student will then be rewarded with a demo song on CD of his or her playing. This does many things for the student. Not only does it give the student an accurate experience of what it is like to record in a studio environment, but it also gives them something tangible to show for all their hard work and dedication!
Lessons can be given either in my home studio, or via Skype, however, lessons given over Skype are limited in features due to distance.
Check out this article I wrote for TakeLessons.com! http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-guitar-every-day-z01
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a fully functioning recording studio at my home with all sorts of awesome equipment. I have a variety of different 6, 7, and 8 string guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers, cabinets, keyboard, synth programs, mixing and mastering software, HD video and editing equipment, drum programming software, microphones, and other various recording gear.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide, teaching material, homework, metronome (although students are required to eventually acquire one of their own), and jam tracks.
Students should be able to provide their own instrument.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in many styles including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Metal, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Folk.
Tayler G. January 22, 2014
Professional, talented, encouraging and friendly
I have taken lessons from Jack and have worked with him as a musician. Not only is he incredibly talented at what he does, he is also extremely professional, knows his stuff, and is encouraging in growing your skill and confidence. I would highly recommend Jack for his teaching skills and say that if you wish to learn and grow in the craft as well as your passion for music, he is the best!
Rick N. January 7, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Just started taking lessons for Jack a few weeks ago and am feeling encouraged. He has made some adjustments to my technique that are improving my skill. He's a HUGE improvement over my last instructor (lessons taken elsewhere). He offers a really good mix of warmup work, metronome work and actual playing. Highly recommended.
I have taught music for more than 13 years. In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor's of Music in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where I also studied conducting, music theory & history, and piano. I have been playing the violin for 21 years and had over 17 years of private lessons along with college instruction on violin, viola, and piano. I also played the piano for 7 years with private instruction and the viola for 9 years.
I perform professionally with the Montage Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, and Symphony
Irvine as Assistant Principal Violist. I also play violin and viola for operas and musicals.
I performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band. I was a concerto competition winner in 2004 and performed Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist. I am also a soloist, member of violin and cello duo, and trio for professional events.
I began violin as a Suzuki violin student. I teach the Suzuki method mixed with a flexible, traditional method that teaches note reading, rhythms, shifting, theory, scales, and memorization. I accept students of all levels.
I've had many of the same students for 2-5 years. My students have biannual recitals featuring violin, viola, and piano students levels 1-7.
You can see more about me at: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jill-zor/45/740/31a and can listen to my unedited performance recordings at https://soundcloud.com/jzorviolinist
Additional Music Education:
I studied the violin privately with violin teachers from the Julliard School of Music and Ken Aiso, teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I also attended music camps like the Montecito Music Festival and Musishare's former Chamber Music Festival of 2004.
*** Studio Equipment *** Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light.
Youssef M. May 4, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Jill is extremely knowledgeable with all kind of mistakes that students may have. I am always amazed by the interest she shows to give us more of her knowledge and motivation.
Also, Jill shows enormously great patience to make students comfortable and motivated playing music.
I strongly believe she is one of the best teachers in takelessons team..
I am a classically trained composer, guitarist, tenor, pianist and percussionist and I love sharing what I have learned with others and watching my students develop and grow. My goal is to teach my students until they are better than me, so I hold no secrets, tricks or techniques back and I devote my time and energy to help others become the best musicians, artists and people they can be. I have a BA in music composition and a BA in music history, both from California State University, San Bernardino. I play the guitar, bass, piano, drums, orchestral percussion, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, recor
der, harmonica and didgeridoo and I am well versed in music theory, songwriting, recording, MIDI, arranging, singing (contemporary, broadway and opera), and acting/performing. I have performed in The United States, Austria, Spain, Australia and New Zealand and have 13 years of experience, development, mistakes and successes to offer my students. I love learning new things and have been teaching as a profession since 2007. I am also First Aid & CPR certified, Live Scan fingerprinted, FBI background checked, Safe Environment trained and a Child Abuse Mandated Reporter.
*** Lesson Details *** I do not use a set curriculum. I prefer to discuss goals and music with my students and their parents to determine what genres, styles and techniques they are most interested in. I then use techniques I have gained through experience along with songs and classical exercises to develop strong technique, a developed ear and the ability to read music. I do expect students to be disciplined, practice regularly, and be prepared for lessons, enabling them to expect the same from me. Whether a student wants to be a classical virtuosi or learn how to play a song they heard on the radio, I will keep the lessons fun and interesting for anyone willing to practice and learn, and I will always to my best to cater to the student's individual needs and goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** I provide all copies of music, handouts, exercises, etc. Students are expected (when applicable) to have an instrument in good, working condition.
*** Specialties *** I form all of my lessons around being able to learn, memorize and play songs, read written musical notation (along with sight-reading & technical exercises), and improvisation (based on scales and exercises).
For guitar and it's relatives (bass, mandolin, ukulele, banjo) I can teach any style or genre of music, including modern tapping techniques, and I also teach TAB notation.
I teach both classical and popular piano, usually combining sight reading exercises while learning classical and/or popular repertoire.
I have experience acting and singing on stage in both non-musical and musical productions, as well as five years of classical vocal experience singing in collegiate ensembles. Being in these environments has equipped me with the tools and exercises to be able to teach everything from basic singing to fundamentals in Broadway and opera.
I also have a small studio in my home where I write and record, providing me with the opportunity to also teach recording, songwriting and music theory.
Risa May 14, 2014
Matt is very helpful! Taught me some nice skills and made me be able to sing confidently!
Bunny May 14, 2014
My lesson with Matthew was great. Even though I have experience with music he was able to help me out with small habits that I needed help breaking. Great teacher really well versed in different styles of music as well as small techniques which will help me build and become a better piano player. All around great experience for my first time taking a piano lesson. Thanks Matt!!!
Private lessons are given in the privacy and convenience of your home. Drumset instruction for beginners through professionals, ages 8-adult. Lessons include: technique, songs, music reading and theory. Styles include rudimental, orchestral, jazz, blues, rock, country, latin and more. Lessons can be coordinated with school music programs. Curriculum is custom tailored to each student’s skill level, ability and schedule. Patient, kind, supportive and creative environment ensures success of objectives in each lesson.
Technical skills covered are:
German, American and French matched grip
Traditional grip Stick control Snare drum rudimental/orchestral technique Brush technique Ride cymbal technique Bass drum pedal technique Hi-hat pedal technique Coordinated independence Hand drum technique
silvia B. June 30, 2014
Carl’s gift as a teacher is both his patience and resourcefulness. He has a nurturing style of teaching and clearly cares about the progress of each of his students. Because of his years of performing as a professional, he draws on this knowledge and expertise. He brings a broad range of approaches to conveying fundamentals, technique and building on foundation principles of music. Carl taught my high school age son and I saw that he is willing to explore what works best for each of his students, who come with different learning styles and levels.
Terry S. May 28, 2014
Carl is a highly dedicated, skilled Professional and a pleasure to work with. I have been involved in lessons with Carl for over 2 and a half years. I played drums in highschool but never truly learned the basics and Carl has given me the steps from basics to more advanced instruction and helped me succeed. I admire his patience and skills and work ethic.
Mel R. May 27, 2014
Hand Drums ·
I have been taking hand drum lessons (bongos and congas) from Carl for about 15 months. I find lessons with him enjoyable and relaxing, and I have learned a lot about technique and style from Carl. He is patient and gears his teaching to the interests and needs of his students. Regardless of age or gender, a student will feel at ease and confident with Carl as his/her drum instructor........Mel Roth, Irvine, CA.
In voice lessons, students learn optimal Vocal Technique through a series of personally-tailored body, breath and vocal exercises. This allows the student to develop a natural, free voice which will be applicable to any style of singing and will promote healthy speech and singing habits throughout life. Students then learn how to integrate their technique into the songs they want to sing. Through Song Coaching, as well as extensive work in Diction, the student develops the ability to bring his artistic vision to life with the right balance of technical control, authentic style, and musicality.
Students also work on their stage presence and song delivery through Acting for Singers. This includes analysis of song lyrics and specific techniques for bringing the emotion the singer feels for the song out to the audience through his facial expressions, body movement and vocal expression.
Last, but certainly not least, many singers need skill development in Musicianship. This may include music reading, sight-singing, ear-training and basic music theory. Any or all of these elements can be addressed as desired by the student.
Jean L. August 4, 2014
I found Nadia after calling and speaking to several voice teachers in the LA/OC area. All of her students speak incredibly high of her.
When I first started lessons with her, I had a new found love of classical music and wanted to continue exploring where my voice could go in that arena. Nadia has been extremely open and supportive of everything I have wanted to try and has given me great repertoire suggestions when I simply had no clue.
After a little over a year with her, the range in my voice has definitely increased and my vocal quality has improved tremendously. It's amazing how different my voice sounds today compared to when I first started with her.
The work that I do at each lesson is well worth the money. I never leave without breaking a sweat!
silvia B. June 30, 2014
I've known Nadia for years as both a fine performer and a great teacher and voice trouble-shooter. Her knowledge of technique is as deep as her understanding of the artistry of singing.
I'd say I'm an advanced singer. I've sung publicly for years a range of popular songs with a band and I've performed classical repertoire.
Many singers find The Star Spangled Banner challenging and when I was asked to sing the national anthem before a convention of thousands of people, I sought out Nadia's expertise.
I had concerns about my voice being injured due to chronic illness and perhaps relying on improper technique to compensate for the resulting problems. I had trouble accessing certain parts of my range.
When I took my apprehensions to Nadia, she made quick work of the problems. She first did an evaluation by running me through various exercises in order to pinpoint where in my range issues might exist. She worked patiently with me and taught me techniques that helped me return to my full vocal range. And I'm most grateful to Nadia for setting my mind at ease about the shape my voice was in and restoring my confidence to perform in front of a large audience.
Jenny L. June 5, 2014
I have been singing my entire life but I essentially lost the ability to sing after suffering an injury to my larynx. When I asked my Dr. to recommend someone to help me regain my voice, he gave me Nadia's information. I am so very grateful he did. Nadia is by far the BEST vocal coach I have ever had, and her talent and knowledge of vocal technique is unsurpassed.
I am constantly learning how to improve my voice, increase my range, and increase my breath. She always gives me a challenge to work on and keeps it interesting every lesson. I feel extremely blessed to have found her because honestly, without her, I don't even know where my voice would be today! She is simply amazing.
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