Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Mitchell
"Mitchell is 11 and enjoyed his first lesson with Alysia. She did well connecting with him and accessing his knowledge."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Stella
"I've been taking lessons with Jeff for about 4 years and have loved every moment of it. Come in with a song you'd want to learn and he already knows it or
can pick it up right away and then teach it to you. Jeff has enough patience to teach a novice player who has just started playing and yet at the same time the experience to teach advanced theory."
Fort Myers, FL teacher:
Review by Aubree
"Great Ukulele Teacher
I have no stringed instrument experience and no background in music theory, but Allen taught me both. Allen recognized that with
my scientific background I would do much better if he broke it down with music theory. He was very patient and understanding of my lack of music knowledge and taught me in a way that suited my learning preferences and it because of it I have learned a few songs on the ukulele and he even helped me write a song myself!
Overall, a great teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by S
"Amazing Teacher and Gifted Musician
"I write this testimonial as a supporter of Mr. David Mashburn and his everlasting passion for implementing the love
of music into young musicians like myself. I had the pleasure of being a student of Mr. Mashburn when I was in high school, and I can honestly say that experience helped enhance my skills as a pianist, singer and songwriter. His enthusiasm for the many faces of music, and his knowledge on how to properly develop oneâs talent allowed me to grow as an artist. Through my academic matriculation through Morehouse College, Mr. Mashburn inspired a passion for writing and composing that led me to form a songwriting team named, Nemesis, under the direction of Russell Carterâs Artist Management company. I would not have found this passion and skill without the help of Mr. Mashburn, as he was the first one to encourage songwriting by helping me combine my skills as a pianist, singer and lyricist. He has been a teacher, counselor, and a friend to me. I credit my future successes to the humble beginnings as a student of Mr. Mashburn, and I am forever grateful to him. I hope he continues to spread the love of music to musicians everywhere.""
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Kristin
"Michael is great
Having a student like me, who's schedule is constantly shifting last minute, is no easy feat, but Mike manages it flawlessly.
As a begi
nner cello student but with some musical background, Michael has been great at adjusting lessons to my particular needs and helping me get on my way to being a better musician.
He's always incredibly patient - which with an easily distracted student as myself - is beyond commendable. He's easy going and professional in his teaching, and I would recommend him to any aspiring cellists, whatever their age or level."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ed
"Michelle is very patient especially for a late learner of guitar like me. She's very knowledgeable about her craft. Able to explain things that I'm not f
amiliar with. My understanding of tabs, chords and basic musical notes open up and widens because of her instruction and guidance. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn to play guitar."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Alyse
Donna is a strong music teacher who always takes the whole child into consideration! She believes that ALL children should have music in
their lives, despite any special physical or educational needs. She makes lessons fun and always reinforces the importance of practicing!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Carolyn
"Molly is a very experienced instructor. She is also very personable and brings out the best in you with her wonderful tips."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Ashley
"Ashley is a great fit for my daughter. She is 11 years old and is new to taking lessons. Ashley is very easy to talk to and enthusiastic when it comes to
teaching. I would highly recommend her to anyone!"
I receive a very large number of student requests everyday, So to keep things organized please keep the following in mind:
Takelessons is a wonderful service that I use to handle all my payments and scheduling. I want to focus on the teaching, so they help with the rest.
I have a 24 hour cancelation policy, please give me at least 24 hour advanced notice, or you will forfeit your lesson credit.
All scheduling changes or time off can be requested right from the website for your connivence. it's super easy!
Use an email that you will actually check to sign up for notifications,
it's not spam, it's to help us all stay organized.
Remember to please reserve your spot by paying in advance. (I have a waiting list of people asking me for those super convenient days, and times)
Online students please make sure you have the highest connection speed available to you. This will ensure you get the most out of the lessons.
*** Equipment ***
Please make sure you have your own instrument, and a note book or device to take notes with.
My passion is sharing music with people.
I am musician and a visual artist who earned a Masters certification in Songwriting and Guitar from Berklee College of Music. As an artist I have been featured on MTV, Rollingstone, BBC, NBC, VOA, ARY, Alt Press, LA times, documentaries and more. I have been playing guitar and recording music since childhood and am a classically trained sitar player and Indian classical vocalist. I sing and play guitar in the Mystical Dance punk band Sarmust, and I also produce electronic music under the name Evilartform.
I am a great teacher for someone who wants to write songs, or is into Indie, rock, pop, reggae, metal, hip-hop, and electronica.
I love to answer questions and learn things I don't know, I know a good amount about guitar repair, improvised instrument building, how to buy a good instrument and not spend to much, and I have a vast knowledge of obscure instruments, and audio production as well. Feel free to ask me questions, and expect informative non-judgmental answers.
I have spent a lot of time developing as a vocalist, songwriter, composer and producer, which helps me in all aspects of my music and teaching, I'm always looking to learn more. I have played in heavy metal bands, but have also done solo acoustic singer/songwriting stuff, I have produced raw hip-hop but also love old soul and ska tunes. Being well rounded musically and drawing from lots of influences is what makes me a good teacher and shapes me as a musician.
Learn more about me: https://about.me/omarpitraswaqar
*** Lesson Details/ What to Expect ***
You can expect a custom, fun and attentive one on one lesson. I am thorough and patient. I expect you to love music and put forth effort. I'm laid back, I will work as fast or as slow as you need. I prefer a total immersion technique and get my students playing right away. This boosts confidence and fosters interest because once a student enjoys playing you don't have to convince them to practice.
By the first lesson you will be familiar with the instrument and it's parts, and playing your first chord.
In 3-6 months you will be playing guitar with a greater knowledge of chords, basic harmony and be able to play scales and songs.
Once you have a foundation of chords we can explore more specific music subjects and lessons will become more personalized: songwriting, guitar tones, musicology, making a DIY record, shredding like a metal head, I can guide you to help you achieve your goals.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Studying in my live/studio space located in Artist Lofts near Brookland metro in NE DC. It has a high ceilings and full stage back line including keyboards, drum set, live sound system multiple amps and more. There is seating for parents and recording capabilities.
Lauren Kaplin February 9, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Omar is knowledgeable and really patient. We've really enjoyed taking lessons with him!
Kala S. January 31, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Omar was great! He has a great knowledge of the guitar. Super accomodating
Rachel January 14, 2016
Omar has been a great teacher so far; he is knowledgeable without question and can teach from both Western and Eastern traditions / perspectives. In fact, that's something I've enjoyed so much from Omar; this ability of his imparts the feeling of always having a very well-rounded music lesson, and the confidence to really experiment and grow on whatever instrument you are learning. In summary, I would highly recommend taking lessons from Omar. Try him out!!
Originally from the Jersey Shore, Matthew is an educator and active freelance musician in the tri-state area. He received his bachelors degree in music education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) before completing his masters degree in music performance from the Steinhardt School (New York University).
Matt has studied piano since the age of seven, covering a variety of genres including classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop. While attending Rutgers, he regularly performed and was a featured soloist with the graduate-level Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, a
nd Opera Orchestra; performance highlights and venues include Avery Fischer Hall, Symphony Space, NJPAC, and the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia). He has studied with contemporary leaders in oboe performance (Matthew Sullivan, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Nathan Hughes, Geoffrey Burgess) as well as a variety of classical and jazz pianists (Karina Bruk, Andy Milne).
terri Z. March 2, 2015
Online Verified Student
I've had three lessons with Matthew and I'm really enjoying them. He is extremely knowledgeable and very supportive. I highly recommend him!
ChartellB February 13, 2012
A Great Learning Experience
Learning with Matt has given me much confidence in my singing. His excellent teaching skills gives me more confidence to perform, audition, and has indeed improved my vocal chords. Aside from just learning how to improve my singing, Matt has really been a great help on providing me information that I needed to know about Musical Theater, which I really appreciate his complete advice. With such a positive attitude, he thoroughly explains how to warm up the voice and pronounce every consonant/vowel. I, myself, can hear the difference when I perform songs as well as my family and friends. He is a tremendous teacher and I recommend him to anyone who wants to learn how to improve their singing and confidence.
ManuelR February 11, 2012
Working with Matthew B.
Mr. Matthew B. is a very helpful and knowledgeable instructor. He goes through the passages of each lesson with me, points at the most complex areas and asks me to focus the practice on those when doing exercises. I am pleased to have Mr. Mathew B. as my piano instructor.
My educational background is in flute performance; I have completed a Bachelor's from American University, Master's at Catholic University, and Artist Certificate at George Mason University, all in music. I have been teaching flute lessons to students of all different levels, from beginners to adults, since 2010 and would love to add to my studio!
Another passion of mine is math. I began volunteering as a peer tutor in high school and have since had experience in helping a wide variety of ages and ability levels throughout many different curricula. I am able to provide great test taking tip
s, homework help, and an extra boost to keep students ahead of the class.
Pam November 23, 2015
She was really great, smart, funny-easy to work with.
Jessica Z. June 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Kim is truly amazing in every way. She is the best math tutor in Washington DC hands down. She is patient, smart and extremely easy to work with and learn from. She has helped me enormously prepare for getting into business school. I strongly recommend her to anyone seeking a fantastic math tutor who knows how to break down difficult concepts in a comprehensible manner.
International guitarist Earl C. is now offering in-person and online coaching sessions. With more than thirty years of experience, he has performed with many well-known artists including grammy-nominated celebrities and others such as Freddie Jackson, Regina Belle, EU, Angela Bofill, Alyson Williams, Mya, Syleena Johnson, Nick Colionne, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Bob Baldwin, Pamela Williams, and more. In addition, he has released eight solo recording projects and was the music director for multiple live and televised house bands. Earl has been teaching, produc
ing and running an independent record label for some time and recently secured an international marketing and distribution deal. In the past, his 200 to 300+ yearly live performances limited the amount of coaching clients he could take on. However, he is now dedicating more time to helping others by sharing the knowledge that has enabled him to succeed as a professional full-time guitarist/bassist/producer!
Ken October 22, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Earl Carter is extremely knowledgeable, and very patience. You will find that each session is enjoyable yet challenging. I would recommend Him to anyone from the beginner all the way to the more advanced student. If you have the desire to learn the art of music then you will enjoy His instruction. I couldn't ask for a better instructor.
Jocelyn S. September 18, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Although I lacked the commitment to follow through with my lessons, Earl's teaching ability is STELLAR!!! In the short time I was taking lessons with him, I learned a lot, relatively quickly.
John September 17, 2015
Aside from being a Master Guitarist himself, he is a Master Teacher! His teaching style is very unique and the little tips and tricks he has taught me has helped me advance as a guitarist by leaps and bounds. I highly recommend him!
I have studied piano with some very formidable teachers, including Yoshimitsu Hisazaki, Anastassia, & Natasha Koval-Paden among others. I have been playing piano for the past twenty-five years with a degree of piano teaching experience and composing experience.
My musical career began as a chorister in the National Cathedral Choir and continued thru college where I had the opportunity to study with the student of Vladimir Horowitz's sister who taught in Vermont. Since that time, I have played at such venues as Strathmore Mansion.
Victoria February 9, 2016
Ben is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. He is eager to share his expertise and love of piano playing with his students, and will adjust his teaching methods to fit your individual needs.
Sawrendra Roy February 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Benjamin has a calm and pleasing personality and makes you feel comfortable during the class.
It was just my first class and I am sure to improve my skills with his guidance.
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