Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Karim
"Ian is extremely talented and explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand. This is particularly important for online lessons!!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Maggie
"always patient and professional
as an adult learner i had some trepidation about taking flute lessons again. however, it is so good to be taught by amy,
she breaks down music and offers a manageable script. i was a better flutist after my first lesson and continue to improve. i love the setting in her home. it is a warm inviting space that puts me at ease. in her instructions she is always clear and patient. she is professional in her home even with her family near. it has been a joy getting to know her family, as well.she is able to function masterfully in her own home.as ateacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Jay
"My two sons 9 and 7 studied piano with Viva for 2 years. She is so much fun, so patient and so wonderfully good with children. My sons started piano with
Viva and love playing and performing since the first lesson. My older son took lessons first, and because he would not get off the piano, my younger son wanted to take up piano too. They play duets now at home and look forward to going to piano lessons and performing for people once in a while. Really made the best choice in selecting Viva!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Hilarie
"My Name is Hilarie and I'm 49 years old and I took a 40 year hiatus from playing the Piano. I can tell you that my skill level is that of a beginner with
a mind set of at least intermediate . I have completed my 7th week with Jordan as my teacher. He has been exceptional in his patience, professionalism and most of all encouragement! Our lessons are well rounded and he helps me to focus on the fundamentals I need to achieve my goals . Very respectful and polite. I highly recommend Jordan to all who wish for musical instruction. And I must add that he is very cute/handsome! :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Hugh
"I studied composition and music theory with Troy during my Junior and Senior years of high school. These lessons were formative for me, and Troy gave me t
he education and motivation I needed to pursue composition as a career. 10 years later, I'm about to receive my doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Colorado, I've written commercial music that has been aired in all 50 states, and my classical compositions have been toured by professional musicians across the country and overseas.
I can say without a doubt that Troy was the most influential teacher I've ever had, and it's likely that I would have never continued down the path of music had I not had these lessons. Troy was patient, insightful, and always knew how to focus me and push me to develop as an artist. Teachers with Troy's ability and knowledge are extremely rare."
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Maylyn
"Great rapport with kids.
Monica works great with my daughter. She encourages a love for music. My daughter has made great progress in the time she has be
en working with Monica. She is a talented performer and singer, as well."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Nichole
"He's upbeat and professional as well as multi-talented."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Randy
Randy taught me how to play better from the first day we met. We are getting deeper into theory and I write my own charts now. It has been
a blast the whole time."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Henry
"Great instructor. Explains things clearly. A pleasure taking the lessons each week."
Hello! I am Aaron, a fun, energetic veteran teacher who loves to teach music to people of all ages! I have taught high school choir and music theory, as well as taught privately for over 15 years!
In my career, I have conducted church and community choirs, participated in numerous small groups, entertained at hotels and directed musical reviews. I have accompanied several instrumental and vocal soloists on the state and national levels, and have performed solo work in several venues in the greater Houston area.
I have a true passion for sharing my knowledge and experience with anyone
who is willing to learn this wonderful art!
I have a B.S. in Bible and Music Education from Dallas Christian College and a M.A. in Music Education from Stephen F. Austin State University. I've studied piano under Ms. Bonnie Graem and Dr. Brad Beckman, voice and choral conducting with Dr. Dana Ihm, Saxophone with Dr. Aaron Lington and Music Theory and pedagogical techniques with Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Mark Turner.
*** Lesson Details *** I am laid back and flexible, and I think you will find my teaching style fun and engaging. While I have methods that I choose to use, the personal goals of the student are of utmost importance.
I teach piano, voice, saxophone and music theory. My preferred methods consist of the following:
Piano: John Thompson Voice: Bel Canto: A Theoretical and Practical Method (varies with voice type/experience, etc.) Saxophone: Rubank Music Theory: Harmony in Context (Roig-Francoli); Tonal Harmony (Koska/Payne)
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio lessons are taught in a family room/office which includes an 88 keyboard, mirrors, and seating. Parking is on the street.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to provide their own instruments and books.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical piano, primarily the Classical era I specialize in Contemporary Christian piano styles I specialize in Classical Alto Saxophone, especially early 2oth century French coposers (i.e. Ibert) I specialize in Classical vocal technique and Broadway Singing I specialize in both traditional and contemporary analytical techniques for music theory, including Schenkerian analysis
Miranda B. April 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son is only on his third lesson with Aaron as his teacher. He leaves each lesson so happy and feeling accomplished. Aaron has patience, knowledge and personality that is refreshing. I look forward to watching my son learn from him.
Ian F. May 14, 2014 Verified Student
First time piano lessons
My son is liking his lessons with his piano teacher and is moving at the right pace. We will continue with the lessons.
Ian F. April 5, 2014
Piano Verified Student
My son always leaves with a smile
My son has a lot of confidence issues, but taking the lessons with Aaron has opened a whole new world of opportunity for him, and he always leaves his sessions encouraged with a smile. It's also great that he can play piano now beyond his own expectations. He is learning proper technique and theory as well.
Music Job History: Was Elementary Principal, Owen Elementary, Lewisville ISD My music teaching/playing background also includes: private piano instructor at home studio, elementary music teacher in Lewisville ISD and Odessa Public Schools, piano accompanist for middle school/high school band Solo Contests, former church accompanist for Methodist churches Personal Information: Have 3 children, now ages 23, 24, and 27 Love gardening, reading, playing piano, ringing handbells.
I believe performing is an important part of music learning, so I schedule at least 2 recitals each year.
Some of my adults prefer not to perform and that is okay too. My students played a Christmas recital recently and played so wonderfully! The more you perform, the easier it gets!
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that most people would say that they wish they could play the piano. Taking piano lessons keeps you practicing and working on improving your skills. I can always help a student to play better in some aspect of their playing. I break down skills into as small a step as needed so the student can understand what needs to be done. Reading music is similar to reading words, so sometimes the problem is not with the fingers being able to play, but what the student is seeing. I can take whatever series you are currently playing out of and move forward with you from that series. Rhythm can often be a problem when playing and that usually is just a matter of getting that rhythm into your vocabulary and really hearing how it goes. Fingering is another area that can be the reason that a passage is not working for you and I can help you figure those areas out. I always try to correct and help you improve by using humor and positive reinforcement. I have several books that work on technique in fun, short exercises that will apply to any songs or literature that you are working on. We will spend some of every lesson sight reading (looking at music that you will practice at home). Improving your ability to read music at sight will make your piano playing more enjoyable for you.
As with any lessons, the more you practice, the more progress and fun you will have! Every student needs a spiral notebook that we will use to keep track of your lessons. I have found it best if I buy the books you need and then you pay me for the books - that keeps you from having to search at a music store for the correct books and I make sure you have the correct book/levels. If you prefer to find the books yourself, that will be fine also. I am flexible and want your piano playing years to be lifelong for you.
*** Studio Equipment *** Yamaha Grand Piano, Baldwin Acrosonic Studio Piano, Suzuki 88 key electronic keyboard,
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students. Piano, Handbells, Music Theory, Sight reading I can teach from any series, have tended to specialize more with beginning and intermediate students. I have taught from almost every series over the years. Right now I have students in Faber & Faber, Bastien, John Thompson, Schaum, David Carr Glover, Hal Leonard, FJH, Dozen a Day, and Alfred series. When students begin lessons with me and have a music series with which they have started, we can stay with that series. I think that breaking skills down into small steps works well for mastery and understanding. I also travel to people's home for lessons, but prefer students come to my house. I like to expand my students' appreciation of different types of music, from classical to pop, looking for music that is at the student's playing level.
Jennifer H. June 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marilyn is great! Very hands on and very informative!
AmandaS July 2, 2011
Merilyn is fantastic!
I am an adult student of Marilyn's and played the piano for 10 years growing up. I came to Marilyn wanting to start playing again after not playing at all for 7 years. My experience has been wonderful and I am surprised at how quickly I'm picking it up again. This is mostly due to Marilyn's positive feedback and constructive instruction. She is laid back and easy to work with and my experience playing as an adult is much more enjoyable than when I was younger.
MarcB October 14, 2010
My daughter is enjoying her piano lessons with Marilyn. She has a great way of teaching kids that suit their level.
I am a 2008 graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. While at North Texas I taught trumpet lessons in the Denton area. I have also taught piano, clarinet, and saxophone as well as all the other brass instruments. I have performed with the UNT Concert Band, the UNT Brass Band, the UNT Nine O'Clock Lab Band, the Collin County Jazz Band, and the San Jose Metropolitan Band.
Currently, I teach clarinet, saxophone, french horn, trumpet and piano in the DFW area. I also play percussion and trumpet in the Frisco Community Band and trumpet with the Frisco
Community Brass Ensemble.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back teacher who gets you playing from the first day.
*** Studio Equipment *** All students are required to purchase the Musician's Practice Planner, which you can find at any music store. You will also need to get any books that we play through (but I'll give you time to get them, so don't worry.) Any books that we use will be easy to find and won't cost a whole lot of money.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will always bring my instrument with me when I attend a lesson, so I expect my students to do the same when they come to my studio. Also, make sure you have any books and music that we will be playing out of. I always have a copy of anything that we are playing, so I expect the student to have a copy as well.
*** Specialties *** Trumpet Clarinet Alto Saxophone French Horn Piano
Leigh Ann W. November 6, 2014
In home Verified Student
Sarah loves piano lessons with Tammye because she is calm, funny and very "laid-back" in how she approaches children and teaching the piano. These qualities are gradually drawing Sarah back to an instrument that she loved initially but had withdrawn from due to very strict and almost frightening former teachers. I am so happy to see her loving the piano again and looking forward to her practices with Tammye. Thank you, Tammye, for encouraging and realizing that learning an instrument is a marathon for some and not a sprint!
Jessica T. March 6, 2014
My daughter, Jolie, loves piano lessons with Tammye. She is always very excited to meet with her and recently more enthused about practicing. I strongly recommend Tammye for work with younger children.
Leila S. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Tammye is a wonderful teacher. She is patient, good-listener and make the lessons fun. Highly recommended.
My love for music, specifically the drums, began at an early age. From age eight until his mid-teens, I was self-taught on the drum kit. After my playing got a little more promising in my high school years, I auditioned and was accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. It was at Berklee where I further refined my performance and production skills as a musician. I graduated in December of 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music/Business Management and along with other Berklee classmates I spent some of 2013 and much of 2014 on tour as the original drummer for Betty Wh
As I continue to follow my passion for music—performing, creating and producing, I have hopes to incorporate a servant heart into my career and obviously throughout my daily life.
Angel has been teaching private lessons since 2006 and he is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his home studio, a park, online and/or any local coffee shop. He has helped many students improve their overall skills, leadership skills and self confidence.
Angel has received a certificate in child development at Southern California ROP in 1996. As an expert in many different fields, and is a very successful business owner and a great leader. Angel looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals and achieve bigger and more challenging skills. Angel's charismatic,
outgoing, professional teaching style and dedication is perfect for all student types.
In the past decade, with the popularity of shows like "The Sing-Off" and hit movies like "Pitch Perfect", a cappella groups have found their heyday. Once relegated to college campuses, many a cappella groups have also gained momentum with the help of the YouTube era. Musicians are going viral for creative covers, and fans are devouring these videos! If a cappella interests you -- or if you simply want to check out some creative tunes -- here are five covers to brighten your day (and maybe inspi …
5 Brilliant A Cappella Covers to Brighten Your Day
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