Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Howard
""a great way for families to learn a musical instrument"
Both my son and I want to thank you for your diligence, effort and patience in conducting this o
nline training. It was amazing that we could have lessons in Hampton, New Brunswick Canada from Austin, Texas USA! :-)
For a remote learner, we would like to ensure you and Take Lessons that we highly recommend this method as a great way for families to learn a musical instrument.
Thank You Again for your wonderful lessons and good luck for the future."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Lily
"It is well worth it
We are so glad that we found Take Lessons. We are even more happy with Jane Yii as our son's instructor.
We, as a family, are not mu
sically inclined in any shape or form. It has been 10 months now, and we are so proud of our guitarist. He plays with confidence, and an understanding of notes and chords.
Instructor Jane has shown that she has a wealth of knowledge of the music world. It is definitely visible in how our son has progressed.
He has great admiration for her."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Chloe
"Only had one lesson so far. So far so good"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Andrew has given my daughter the knowledge and the confidence that as a beginning guitar player is giving her much success. He offers a very comfortable
atmosphere and is very friendly and has a great personality that makes it even easier for my daughter as a new player. Also he is very accommodating as far as scheduling of the lessons."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Brenda
"Experience and Enthusiasm
It has been an amazing experience learning to read and play music as an adult. Barbara is an experienced music teacher who crea
tes a comfortable learning environment which allows me to discover and experience the joy of music. Her contagious enthusiasm and quick wit, make the learning experience enjoyable. I continue to look forward to each lesson and after only one year, I am thrilled to be able to perform for family and friends!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Eumin
"Yes, he is top notch."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Nicole
"Mathew is an awesome singing instructor. He is able to describe how you should sound vocally as well as describe what you should be feeling (physically)
while you practice. He incorporates a variety of different exercises that help significantly to produce a great sound.
I've noticed that my voice has improved significantly over the last couple of months. The sound is clearer, more powerful, and my range has improved a lot.
I would highly recommend Matthew as your next singing instructor!"
Bridgeport, CT teacher:
Review by Reza
Ms. Minoo is very professional, always on time, kind, gentle, and a joy to have as a music teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Andrea
"He knows exactly what he is doing. He has shown me techniques my past 2 instructors failed to even attempt to show me. I'm not where I want to be but wit
h him I am confident I'm on my way. Whether you're a beginner or advanced there's always room for improvement and Desmond will find it within that session. He is willing to work with you schedule and need I mention very affordable. You won't regret his classes!"
I love music! To me, it's a way of life. From listening to playing to writing and of course teaching. I grew up with music at school and home. My dad was a piano player and teacher so music has been a part of my life since day one and I want to share what I have learned. Everyone has a unique musical talent and I enjoy helping them find it. I believe that anyone can be an excellent musician. Playing an instrument should be a fun and creative adventure. Whether it's strumming at home, playing out in the clubs, or writing the next big hit, I will do my best to get you there!
l life began when I was in 5th grade and my dad bought me a saxophone, which I played for over 10 years. I quickly learned how fast I could improve if I simply kept playing. When I hit my teen years I fell in love with rock music and mowed enough lawns to buy my first guitar. I jammed and wrote songs with many other musicians and several bands. We played countless shows and released a few albums. Now I write music for TV, Film, Video Games, and other media outlets and I'm having a blast!
I started teaching 7 years ago and found that it is one of my favorite things to do. Helping others grow into great musicians is rewarding and fun. I've learned that from grade school to retirement, each student is a unique and special individual. My lessons reflect that fact so that we can reach all your goals together. *My personal goal is to get my students to understand and write music that will stay with them and encourage them to continue.
All lessons take place in my fully operational Digital Recording Studio and dedicated lesson room. Gaining real world playing experience through technology is a definite advantage over traditional lessons. This also allows us to capture ideas when songwriting and provides a unique practice experience.
*** Lesson Details *** Everyone is different, and every lesson should be suited to fit the individual.
Depending on the type of lessons (guitar, bass, music production, theory) the style teaching will be very different. It's all about YOUR goals and needs. I will get you to where you want to go!
Each student is going to receive lessons based on their preferences of genre and style of music they desire to play. I expect my students to practice regularly and have a good time as their abilities and knowledge grow. By working together, we can focus on goals and problem solving to get you to the next level of play. Most importantly, we are going to have a blast while we learn to play music!
Imagine looking back years down the line, listening to something you wrote and hearing the improvements and your own personal music history. That's what writing and recording as you learn is all about.
*We'll start slow and build your knowledge base with each lesson. *You can expect to understand what you are playing AND be able to Write Your Own Songs. *You will be given everything you'll need to succeed.
I have several reference books, videos, and charts; plus I can show you smart phone apps and websites that will help you learn and practice! We will learn songs, write songs, and record songs. I provide jam tracks for all my students to play along too and offer to record their own music for the same purpose. We also keep a running journal that we use each week. This allows the student to look back, see improvement and be encouraged to continue!
Within 6 months you can expect to understand how songs are built (including chords and scales), be able to play several, and feel comfortable with trying your own skills as a songwriter or guitar player.
Let's start playing!
*** Studio Equipment *** Comfortable and fully operational Digital Recording home studio & music room w/ recording capabilities, computer, keyboard, amps, books, videos, various guitars and bass, tons of music to listen to and study, FREE Wifi and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I do not travel. My studio is the #1 advantage for learning!
*** Specialties *** *Instruments: Rock, Blues, Metal, Indy, Folk and Acoustic styles. *Production: Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Programming. *General Music: Theory, Songwriting, Producing.
I personalize all my lessons for the students needs and interests. I use several different reference materials including: The Ultimate First Guitar Book, The Guitar Handbook, Shredding Guitar, Guitar Solo Strategies, and more. All my students learn theory and how to use it in song play and songwriting. I have them write short songs, record them, and finally use those songs to jam out their scales and use theory.
Ray D. October 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kyle is a music writer and he can help players of all skill levels become better musicians. He'll take what you know and adapt a personalized lesson for you. Just getting to know Kyle, I can tell he is pationate about teaching music. If you are as passionate about learning and becoming more skilled, Kyle can help you achieve your goals.
Izzy September 28, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Very friendly, Got to know my son and what his interests were for playing Bass as well as what he already had learned. Asked the direction of his music and what he liked. Gave him some basic things to start the juices of music flowing. 2nd lesson was amazing because Kyle started applying what he taught my son as well as jamming with drum beats and guitar to give my son a real feel to playing and learning to apply what he was taught.
Josh W. August 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First lesson with Kyle. So far so great! Kyle is very friendly and accommodating. He has already given my 11 year old son things to work on for the next week.
I am recent graduate of Music Composition and Theory from Antioch College, and I am a veteran of many bands, having performed in some of the largest venues around the country.
I favor a 'learning through experience' instruction style where my students can gain an in-depth understanding of music through the practice of their instrument. My students will quickly and simply learn the essentials of music theory, an understanding of what musical concepts are right for each situation and why, and the ability to compose and improvise musically while they are gaining the technical abilities and ski
lls to flawlessly perform on their instrument.
*** Lesson Details *** My students will learn about scale, harmony, and its correct application. I will instruct them to quickly grasp the lay-out of their guitar and how it relates to the geometry of music -and thus they will be able to perform in a many styles of music within a very short period of time. This may sound difficult but it is incredibly simple in practice and can easily be learned by students of all ages! In as short of time as one or two lessons even beginning students will be playing beautiful music!
My curriculum is self-designed, but based on the experiential learning techniques, pioneered by Horace Mann, which he has been educated from. I have taught and studied music around the world, to discover the simple basics of music. Within a few short months each of my students has gained technical strength in playing their instrument and a confident understanding of the foundations of music. This teaches them the ability to write, perform, and improvise in any style of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio: iMac for recording, cabinet Acoustic bass amp, Fender guitar amps, drum set, room for parents to sit in on lesson
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a vehicle with room to transport equipment.
*** Specialties *** rock, rhythm and blues, blues, folk, alternative
Jayden August 28, 2015
Patient and very talented at guitar;
he is very caring and passionate about music and you can tell in the way
he takes time to make sure you know what you're learning on a deeper level
than just tone and chords.
Really appreciate him as a person and mentor. :)
TinaB1 June 26, 2012
I'm very happy with my teacher. I feel very comfortable trying to learn something that is new to me and Daniel always answers all of my questions.
BernieA January 9, 2012
Instructor is very good and easy to work with. I seem to be making progress (slowly).However, I found an "app" called ultimate guitar chords that give fingering for all notes and lets you hear alternate (simpler) fingering to test how it would sound.Depending on how that comes out will may change my plans to continue with lessons after the first four.
Julian has always been a creative and diverse musician, breaking down the distinctive barriers among different genres of music. He received his training both at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and from the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he recently received his Masters in Music Performance. Though his training has been largely classical, he also has interests in jazz, fiddle, Latin, hip-hop, electronic and many other styles of music. In 2006, he became one of the core members of the eclectic hip-hop band, The Off Button, an elegant fusion of upright bass, banjo, violin, percu
ssion, vocals, and rap artists. Since then, he has also performed with a large number of ensembles and bands, including the Meadows Symphony Orchestra at Southern Methodist University, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and numerous chamber music ensembles. Mr. T. has also performed with the The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, was the lead violinist in the flamenco group, Nomad, and, most recently, is one of the founding members of the Eridanus Quartet. His current aspirations have been in composition and performance, writing many original pieces and arrangements which contain elements of both classical instrumentation and electronic audio elements.
In addition, he has also been an avid violin instructor and has maintained a private teaching studio for over 7 years. Over the summer of 2010, he was on faculty for the Chamber Music Festival through the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory department and was one of the main directors and instructors at the Coda Music Academy in West Virginia. His extensive knowledge of the instrument and stronger focus on teaching practicing techniques have enabled his students to do very well and even some have gone on to win awards in various competitions and festivals. His plans for the future include pursuing a music career in composition and performance, as well as maintaining an avid teaching studio.
*** Lesson Details *** Julian has been an active and successful violin teacher for over 7 years, with students from the ages of 4 to 56. He has taught not only private violin lessons to many students, but has also taught in masterclasses, been on the faculty of music festivals and camps, and has coached many various ensembles and chamber groups. All his students speak highly of him in maintaining a good attitude throughout lessons as well as his ability to explain and detail the finer details and techniques of the violin. In addition, it is important that every student learns the 'language' of music, to learn not only the technique, but to learn music as a medium to express what words cannot heroic stories, deep emotions of the heart, or pure joy and happiness.
Julian's technique is based mostly on Galamian-style technique, based on perhaps the greatest and most influential violin teacher of the twentieth century, Ivan Galamian (1903-1981). Galamian was well known for his incredible devotion to teaching and his students, as well as a solid technical approach to the violin, incorporating aspects of both Russian and French style violin playing. He had many extraordinary and successful pupils such as Michael Rabin, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Jamie Laredo. Two of Julian's own violin teachers, Jan Mark Sloman and David Cerone, were also Galamian students, making Julian part of the third generation of the 'Galamian lineage.'
In addition to providing private one-on-one lessons every week with his students, Julian likes to give the opportunity for his students to perform, play for other students, and to learn some music theory and history. One cannot get everything out of music and the violin without learning how music works (theory), where it came from (history), and how to express yourself through music to others (performing). And while every beginning student begins their studies in the Suzuki method, Julian encourages his students to explore other kinds of music and is always open to requests from his students to learn different pieces.
Every student is important to Julian, and he devotes his time and knowledge in order to see every student progress and learn not just the violin, but important life skills such as dedication, attention to detail, time management, and the value of repetition, among others. For music is not just an exquisite art form and an enjoyable hobby, but a strong discipline, fun and useful for people of all ages and any talent. Whether a student is serious or not, learning a musical instrument can be fun, rewarding, and fulfilling.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room: bookshelves, coffee table, sofa chairs, plants, parents can sit in on lesson (encouraged)
*** Travel Equipment *** Students must provide music and instrument. Also a cup of coffee - just kidding. I will provide the rest, teaching aids, etc.
*** Specialties *** For beginners, I mostly focus on Suzuki Method. I also like to add in Etudes and scales, starting with Wohlfahrt and Schradieck. For more advanced students I work closely with them to come up with a personalized repertoire lesson plan. While I teach mainly classical music, I encourage students to try other types of music, such as improv or jazz, and am always open to taking repertoire suggestions from students. I teach classical music first to students to give them a strong technical background. Once that is accomplished, then any learning any other type or genre of music becomes a lot easier. It is mostly a matter of learning the small nuances of each style.
Nicole L. November 23, 2014
In studio Verified Student
As others have said previously, Julian is very patient and kind. Thank you!
Lingz June 21, 2012
Very kind and patient. Works well with my son.
CarolJ April 10, 2012
Julian is very patient, kind, understanding and helpful -- communicates extremely well to our ten year old girl who has been diagnosed mild ADHD (not severe enough to merit special education services, but she receives accomodations at school to help her stay on task, complete work, etc. -- e.g., extra time on tests). Julian instructs her in such an excellent manner that she is able to focus well and comprehend directions clearly. We would like to know if Julian has any motivational strategies to help Arryanna who has difficulty staying on task for an appropriate length of time in practice times at home.
I am a freelance percussionist based in Cleveland, Ohio. My current performance career is primarily in orchestral settings, but I also have experience in a variety of other contexts, including solo recitals, chamber music, symphonic band, musical theater, marching, jazz, rock and latin.
I received my Bachelor of Music from Manhattan School of Music in 2013, and my Master of Music from Cleveland Institute of Music in 2015. I have studied with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic and London Philharmonic, as wel
l as great soloists and chamber musicians.
I have taught at a variety of levels, from group hand drumming courses, to high school masterclasses, to advanced audition coaching. Whatever instrument or style a student is interested in, I enjoy helping to develop core musical and technical fundamentals in a way that is customized for each individual.
Every person has some level of unique musicality within them. I look forward to helping you find yours and grow it to its fullest potential. Often I learn a lot myself through the process of teaching, so let's learn together!
Since I teach a variety of instruments, I have no equipment requirements for all students. However, I do request that students who are just starting out have a minimum of a practice pad such as the Remo 8" tunable pad or comparable, and a pair of drum sticks such as Vic Firth SD1 or comparable.
Due to my constantly changing schedule as a freelancer, I am very flexible for lesson times. If you don't see a time that works for you, please still get in touch and we can find a suitable time.
Brian August 2, 2015
I have known Jay Ritchie for quite some time and he has always exhibited exemplary playing and teaching abilities. He is constantly striving for and achieves excellence in both areas. We've had a lot of ensemble experience together and in every ocassion he takes the time and has the patience to mentor younger students. He has had many leadership roles and those students that he tutors invariably leave the ensemble with confidence in their own abilities.
As a clinician, Jay presents engaging material in an interactive and participatory way. While I've seen many clinicians talk about worn-out topics, Jay always focuses on important areas such as phrasing, ensemble playing, and general musicianship. His masterclasses are always thoroughly researched and masterfully executed.
Jay is the ideal private lessons teacher because he's so experienced in every idiom in the percussive field. Whether you hope to be a professional orchestral player, drum set artist, hand drum specialist, or marimbist, Jay is the guy to study with for an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge. Because of his expertise as a player and his patience, encouragement, and sensitivity as a private lessons teacher, I recommend
Jay in the strongest possible terms.
Hi! My name is Corbett,and I have been eating,breathing,sleeping,and living music for my entire life! I was born to musical parents,and after having gone through Cleveland State University for cello performance,and also picking up the bass,and the guitar in my teen years,I struck out on my own to play in various original music projects around Cleveland,and touring across the country! From classical,to metal,to reggae,to jazz-fusion,I have had over 20 years of performance experience,and almost 15 years of teaching experience! So come check me out!
Holly September 1, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
I have been taking lessons with Corbett for over 8 years. He's very knowledgeable about what he teaches, and conveys his lessons clearly so no matter what age I was, I knew how to do what we were going over. He's friendly and easy to get along with, and I've never felt that I wasn't learning something or getting the best lesson with him. Corbett's a great choice for a teacher for anyone from beginner to advanced.
Laura August 21, 2015
My daughter has been taking cello lesson with Corby for approximately 4 years.
Corby is very knowledgeable and inspiring. My daughter has become more confident in her school orchestra program with the help that she has received from Corby.
Sean August 19, 2015
Super knowledgeable, cool, frustratingly skilled. Bring him something cool and he'll figure it out in a few minutes as you then struggle for a month to get it. Been going to see him nearly 10 years or so and is worth every penny.
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