Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Michelle
"Desiree puts the fun in fundamentals!
I decided to take voice lessons for pleasure as a hobby to keep my mind off of the stresses of daily life. I had a
lot of confidence issues to get over when I started taking lessons with Desiree; mainly because I didn't want to embarrass myself like those people I make fun of on American Idol. Her non-threatening teaching style has been the perfect fit for me...although she does raise her voice at me when I judge myself too harshly, but I won't count against her ;) My confidence has soared and I feel that I'm a much bolder and more comfortable singer. Iâm enjoying every minute of discovering my voice with Desiree. I've still got some work to do but I'm confident she'll help me reach my goals."
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by John
"Excellent Musician and Teacher
Michael is the ultimate professional musician and guitarist. He's very well versed in many styles of music, including Clas
sical, Jazz, Country, Blues and Rock. He's very responsible. easy going and takes care to assure that his student's get the best in quality guitar instruction. I highly recommend Michael for all of your guitar instructional needs. You will be very pleased with the outcome!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by kiara
"He's awesome. :)
He makes learning the guitar so comfortable. He makes things easier to review and doesn't mind going over things you may have forgotten.
If I could, I would get everyone I know to take lessons from him. I couldn't ask for a better teacher!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Lauren
"Steve is an excellent teacher
My son is 7 and taking piano lessons for the first time. I expected him to lose interest pretty quickly, but he absolutely
loves it! In large part due to Steve - he is very patient and let's him learn at his own pace...no pressure. He brings songs to play that my son actually knows so he stays more engaged in interested. He really goes the extra mile to show that he cares and to keep it fun. Steve has been very easy for me to work with as well. He is always very flexible and is always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn the piano."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Leslie
"Great interactive voice lessons!!
Our daughter has been taking private voice lessons from Matthew for the past several months. Â Matthew has real
ly helped to cultivate her abilities and the process has been very educational and fun. Â Our daughter has thrived with Matthews flexible style and he has been great at working with her in music genreâs most interesting to her. Â In the future, we intend to further her musical talents with guitar lessons as well. Â We would recommend Matthew to anyone considering private lessons."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Derek
"I've found the right person to build my career
I already had a new music career underway with two releases on the international marketplace, but I knew i
n order to compete against the masses and gain the attention of more fans, I needed to step things up a notch and push myself far beyond my safety zone. When I spoke with the folks at TakeLessons.com, they told me about Julia, about her credentials, and felt she would be the best fit for me. Julie has been nothing but a blessing! Not only does she have advanced education in music, but she also has the experience to get me where I need to be. Weekly, she has worked with me not only on voice theory and techniques, but I was able to bring my own vocal pieces that we've been working on for my album, and my singing has never been so good! If you're serious and are looking to really change your life with music, this is the person you want and need. I have no desire to go anywhere else."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Wenxian
"The violin teacher is great.
We satisfy with the violin teacher. First of all, she is very professional. She masters music theory and she has a lot of pe
rformance experience. Then, she teaches in proper way and she is patient with students. She focuses on not only practicing but also listening. She corrects studentsâ wrong playing actions patiently. Finally, she can teach my daughter in both English and Chinese (Mandarin). Therefore, my daughter has a rapid progress in playing violin."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Tyler
"Great teacher, great personalities."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Courtney
"I never knew I could really, REALLY sing.
I never really considered myself a singer, and resolved to be an actor who "can sing a little bit". I started t
o study voice only to broaden that horizon however far it would go, but I wasn't expecting much. Only to, perhaps, stop being nervous or to stop seizing up at the idea of singing in front of people. But... Fawn doesn't mess around. She likes to move fast, and so do I. There is no ego in working with her. She's supportive, encouraging, and deftly knowledgable. Her ability to troubleshoot is a big part of how quickly my voice is improving. She fixed my breathing in the FIRST lesson, by the third lesson we started working on pitch (my biggest shortcoming), and while I can't say I'm there yet, I am already lightyears from where I was two months ago. She eliminates a lot of the mystery that surrounds singing, stuff I was never quite sure about despite the fact that I had a voice teacher for three years prior to moving to Los Angeles. IE: Where should I feel the resonance? Where should I NOT feel the resonance? What direction should the energy go? Etc.. It's only been a short while, but I believe I'm on my way to actually calling myself a confident, skilled singer."
*For more information on SKYPE lessons, please read the "lesson details" section.
Melody is a certified Speech Level Singing Instructor. She maintains this certification through the continuous rigorous training and evaluation program created by celebrity vocal instructor Seth Riggs whose students include Michael Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, and many more. Melody utilizes over 10 years of vocal study to help her students connect head and chest voice, create a strong mix voice, and extend their ranges. She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere where mist
akes are considered part of the learning process, and thus encouraged. She has studied with Seth Riggs (CEO SLS), Greg Enriquez (SLS), Kathy Kennedy (SLS), Virginia Norwood (SLS), Guy Babusek (SLS), Charlene Chi (PHD. Voice UCSB), Dr. Randal Wagner, and Steve Mortier.
Melody has been a professional musician, vocalist, and actress since she was 16 years old. She began her career in musical theatre and graduated to film and television, starring in the independent hit "Down and Out with the Dolls." Her rolls in theatrical productions include Ti Moune in Once on This Island, Rizzo in Grease and numerable others. She has enjoyed a career as a professional vocalist performing in nightclubs, music festivals, casino's, and as an opening act for many national and touring performers. As a teacher, Melody draws from her experiences on the road, in front of the camera, and in the studio. She currently holds a Bachelor's of Music Degree from San Diego State University's Don Powell school of Music and Dance, and is a Certified SLS Vocal Technique Instructor. She teaches all ages, from young children to seasoned adults.
Personal Message: "Learning how to sing is fun!! It is also a lot of work. =) My goal for each student in every lesson is that they EXPERIENCE something new and better when it comes to vocal technique, and that they EXPERIENCE what I like to call the "happy music feeling." The perfect hybrid is when vocal technique is no longer an issue, and singing songs becomes effortless, joyful, and ripe for self expression and passion. This does not happen overnight, but with practice, dedication, and a patient impatience that keeps the student striving for perfection while simultaneously enjoying the process.
I teach all ages and I don't require an audition like many other highly trained teachers. I understand that you are coming to me to learn HOW to sing, and this is why I love beginners so much! I have spent many years studying to become the best voice teacher I can because I find teaching others the joy of singing incredibly rewarding. I understand the demands of a rigorous performance schedule, and I love the opportunity to help fine tune a working singer's vocal technique. Whether you are a beginner, a professional, or somewhere in between, I can teach you to sing higher, stronger, and faster with more ease than you probably thought possible. I look forward to working with you and your voice!"
Here are some nice things people have said about her:
"A rock chanteuse with a bold attitude and a set of seductive, versatile pipes. . " -Anthony Davis Texarkana Gazette
The Forum Newsweekly "Melody stands poised to take the national stage with a unique style and dynamic performing presence."
The Shreveport times "She sat in for a set at the Noble Savage Tavern and as soon as she hit that first chord and that first note, everybody stopped talking and faces were pointed to the stage."
Dan Garner Tipitina's
The Shreveport Times "Whether she's playing solo shows or gigs with her band, [Melody] has a keen ability to translate her emotions about dreams lost and chased into bluesy, heartfelt, tumultuous vocals."
Michael Pickett "Hey Melody! Thanks so much for jumping into the 2007 Lake Roosevelt Musicfest. You were a huge hit up here!! The mayor was sitting around with some of her volunteers and told me 'we think Melody takes the prize this year'. It was just a great addition the event and you made me look really good by just knocking everybody out like that! "
Personal thank you letter from Michael Pickett, promoter of annual Musicfest in Marcus, Washington.
*** Lesson Details ***
SKYPE LESSONS: Since I moved to Pennsylvania from San Diego, I have begun taking all of my lessons from Seth Riggs via Skype. I also maintained almost my entire San Diego student base by teaching via Skype, and in addition starting accepting students from all over the country and the world. I now have a very busy studio with an over 70% Skype student base due to the high demand for SLS technique and a balanced approach to singing instruction. My youngest Skype student is 4 years old, and I recently held my first Skype Student integrated recital where online students performed live on a big screen from the comfort of their own homes! I'm constantly thinking of new ways to engage students from all corners of the world, create an online studio community, and offer performance and learning opportunities. Skype lessons are a great option for those without access to good vocal technique instructors or those who have tight schedules and prefer not to battle traffic on the way to the voice studio.
*** Studio Equipment *** Keyboard, piano, microphone, Guitars.
*** Travel Equipment *** Will travel for: Studio coaching for artist recording.
*** Specialties *** Voice: I teach pop, musical theatre, Jazz, rock and blues styles.
Melanie February 4, 2017
Online Verified Student
Funny and deeply knowledgeable!
Freija B. June 1, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Daughter seemed to enjoy herself!
Darwin W. May 5, 2016
Online Verified Student
First lesson was awesome! Melody taught me things that I never knew after 50 years of singing. Looking forward to more lessons!
The Harmonica is my specialty as a professional performer and teacher. It's not my 2nd or 3rd instrument, but my primary one that I've spent a lifetime mastering. I've been teaching, performing and recording on the harmonica for over 30 years and I'm an expert on both the chromatic harmonica and the ten hole diatonic "Blues Harp". I work with absolute beginners to the most advanced professional level in a wide variety of styles. My lessons are tailored to suit your individual needs.
Anna Grassini February 2, 2017
Harmonica Verified Student
Excellent first lesson with good explanation of technique...lots to learn and to practice! Good demonstration and really appreciated being told that it would take a while to get things right!
Sandra R. January 30, 2017
Online Verified Student
A great first lesson. Clint explained and demonstrated good techniques and how to develop them.
Donald Penson December 12, 2016
Online Verified Student
Clint has a relaxed almost casual approach to teaching Harmonica. I learn more each lesson than with any other instructor. I recommend Clint and his style of teaching to anyone interested in playing harmonica.
Susanna S. has been teaching private lessons for over 20 years and is currently available to teach weekly lessons at her home in Pittsburgh, PA or online via the TakeLessons Classroom, Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts. Susanna S. has helped students improve their playing abilities on violin, viola, and cello, to successfully audition for youth orchestras, competitions, college auditions and ASTA or PMEA events, provides traditional classical training on violin, viola, and cello, to play for their own enjoyment and shares her passion for music. In addition, I will provide instruction on mus
ic theory as part of instrumental lessons.
Susanna received her training at State University of New York in 1991 where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music and from University of Denver in 2000 where she received a Masters in Music. She has studied with Sol Grietzer, Karen Dreyfus and Basil Vendryes. In addition, she received her Music Education Certification in 1995 from Carnegie Mellon University. As an expert in her field, Susanna looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Susanna's teaching style is positive, patient and constructive, focused on the individual student's needs, and enjoyable. Susanna will work at your pace and cares about each of her students.
I am currently accepting new students. I recommend weekly lessons for all students to ensure good progress. I can provide information on purchasing or renting an instrument if needed. You can check my availability on my schedule and sign up for lessons with TakeLessons.com. Please e-mail me with any questions or about available times for lessons. I will respond quickly. Thank you for your interest and consideration.
Thomas L. February 10, 2017
Online Verified Student
I've had 5 lessons with Susanna and I couldn't be happier. Patient and has good humor. Highly recommend.
Hossam E. February 8, 2017
Online Verified Student
Susanna is truly amazing. She is highly knowledgeable, patient, attentive to details, and is able to customize each of her lessons depending on her students performance. She is very good at showing support and encouraging her students to deliver their best performance in every lesson.
She is also quite flexible and understanding with lessons scheduling, and generally a very pleasant person to talk to. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
Kristine S. February 2, 2017
Online Verified Student
Great first lesson! The violin can be more complicated than I knew, but I am loving learning to play it!
I've been teaching piano since my teen years, even before I received my music degree. I have extensive experience in teaching piano, church music, organ, and theory and composition.
In my years I've been involved in professional piano teachers organizations as the National Guild of Piano Teachers and Music Teachers National Organization and have occupied leadership positions in these organizations.
I have had articles published in professional piano pedagogy journals and presently write for my blogs -- Piano Lessons PLUS Blog and Blogging at Piano Teacher Press .
I've written an
d have had recorded music for Sheet Music Plus and Piano Teacher Press where I publish books and compositions for piano students.
I am particularly proud of the work I've done with the young pre school beginner having written piano methods The Keyboard Kids and The Discovery Piano System.
I would love the opportunity to teach you or your children and share my love of music with you.
Sajna October 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My daughter recently started taking Piano lessons with Mr.Dan. During the first class, Mr.Dan analyzed her level of expertise and interests in music to understand where she stands. Based on that, he suggested a plan for her to learn further. It works well and she is all excited now. We look forward to many future lessons. We highly recommend him.
Brooke April 12, 2016
We introduced Piano to our son at age six. We’re thrilled with his progress. We appreciate Mr. Severino’s patience and ability to teach young children, his knowledge and love for Music. We look forward to many future lessons! We highly recommend Mr. Severino and his teaching methods.
Jack April 6, 2016
One of Mr. Severino's greatest attributes is his patience in fostering a love of music in small very active children. All 4 of my kids owe a great deal of their musical talents to Mr. Dan
I was educated on organ and classical piano as a child through late teenage years, playing and winning competitions regularly. I received a B.S. Mechanical Engineering and worked in the corporate world as design engineer and software sales manager. Later as an entrepreneur, I created and ran a design and retail business.
My interest in classical music performance renewed as a mid-life adult. During the past five years I have been trained by a highly respected performance and pedagogical leader and attended summer workshops where I received private training by a Juilliard graduate and conce
rt pianist. I also have acquired an in-depth knowledge of college level theory through private tutoring.
I have attended many educational conferences, seminars, and master classes and participate regularly in recitals. I currently work as a substitute church pianist.
My life experiences have given me the ability to communicate well with various types of people and styles of learners. I do not utilize only one method series as I structure my curriculum to the individualized needs of each of my students. It is my goal to not only teach the proper technique and repertoire of the piano but to bring the peace and joy of music learning and playing to my adult students.
Kathleen Negley January 14, 2017
In home Verified Student
I am very pleased. She has tried to find my level and improve from there.
Eileen September 16, 2016
I always wanted to play the piano...and Denise made my dream come true ! Great teacher...I highly recommend!
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