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!"
Ceylon Narvelle M. II is a flute performance and music education student at the Boston University School of Music (BM’13, MM ‘14). He has studied with Professor Linda Toote. Mr. M. has performed in various masterclasses and workshops for professional flutists such as Trevor Wye, Marianne Gedigian, Judith Mendenhall, and Cynthia Meyers. Ensemble experience includes the MetroWest Opera Orchestra, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Boston University Chamber Orchestra (principal), University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra (principal), and various chamber groups. As a testament to his performan
ce abilities, Elaine Stroh, University of Rochester Music Department Chair Assistant, has said:
“Ceylon’s recital was a wonderful presentation, well executed and extremely artistic.”
Mr. M loves to perform for his church, school, and music community. Teaching and inspiring new generations of students through music is also one of his passions. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Mr. M has already been offered the band director position at his old high school. At school in Boston, Mr. M is the new director of the Boston University Flute Ensemble. Outside of school, he is a substitute musician with local Boston orchestras and has worked as a flute instructor with Making Music Matters – Boston. He has also served as a Teaching Assistant with the Boston Flute Academy. Previous instructors include Carmen Lemoine, Corinne McVee, and Sharon Nowak.
Lessons with Mr. M are challenging yet joyful experiences filled with singing, listening activities, instrumental technique building, composition and improvisation opportunities, as well as professional advice. Students are feel and encouraged to engage in equal dialogue with their instructor and take risks in the process of their own music making!
*** Specialties *** Classical
Shari January 11, 2016
Ceylon is fabulous! He has been a wonderful teacher for our daughter and he is incredibly patient. I would absolutely recommend him!
Xiaojie January 11, 2016
Ceylon is a nice guy who exactly knows how to show the students the right way to master the instrument (flute). :)
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.
Jackson Coaching Studio Welcome to the Jackson Coaching Studio! It pleases me to welcome you as a valued student. My job as your instructor/coach is to ensure that my students get the best knowledge and skills. I teach the following lessons:* Voice lessons * English * Spanish * Public Speaking * Piano for beginners and revisiting...
I advocate a dynamic variety of approaches to your learning styles and trends. My interest is in the study of voice production; functionality, style/approach, health, and stage presence and as a result, my students are empowered with useful to
ols to reach their goals, confront and overcome common oppositions.
I am a PROCESS teacher. Everything in life is a process. Therefore, as a PROCESS teacher, I believe in beginning every first lesson with all of the information (I plan to teach) as a preview. Immediately (upon the next lesson) followed by my teaching methods:
My teaching methods fall into these four categories: (D.A.D.E.) • Discovery- Gathering relevant and resourceful information of voice functionality. • Application- Putting technical skills to use and knowledge of when to use them. • Development- Process learning- Changes cause/effects and as a result, progress, production, and promise. “Trust the process.” • Execute- To bring forth, carry out, and perform!
Process teaching and learning is a specific teaching style that not only empowers the students to feel confident about their craft, it also gives the students useful skills that can be applied to REAL "time-life" scenarios. This reinforcement confirms that the students have indeed learned what they've hired me for and more.
By signing up for voice lessons with Jackson, you will become a V.I.P. member. What is a VIP member? V.I.P. members have the inside opportunities to learn “singer secrets!” (Vowels, Interpretations and Pept-talk). • Vowels- Two different approaches: Spoken and Sung • Interpretation- A stylistic approach that best explains or makes sense of. Your explanation for your creativeness. • P.E.P.T.-Talk (Details in your lesson)
Note: 1. The most important thing for singers/musicians/language students is that they train their ears. Why? Because 90% of what you'll learn is by what you recall from hearing/listening. 2. ENVIRONMENT- is key to your learning. It's important for you to surround yourself around the very things that you're learning.
Once you sign up, you’ll receive a questionnaire. The information you provide is vital because it shapes and designs your learning curriculum.
Bio: From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Born October 15th, 1974) is an American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Notable instruments are the piano and percussion. Jackson is one of Washington, DC’s prominent male vocalists. His voice is recognized as; beautiful light lyrical-pure tone, fine diction, long phrasing and an extended high range. He is also known for his work within the concert/recital repertoires around the Washington, DC Metropolitan areas and performances with the Symphonic Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Jeff Dokken, conductor.
Jackson credits himself as a Pop Inspirational singer. “Music to touch, move, and inspire.”- Jackson C. Jackson has experience working with youth and adults in churches, and privately. He has taught music and accompanied the production "KIDS" at the Kelsie Collie Children's Musical Experience. His music education studies hail from; University of the District of Columbia,- Washington, DC, Oberlin Conservatory under Richard Miller,- Oberlin, OH, and Shenandoah University Conservatory under Dr. Kathryn Green,- Winchester, VA with an emphasis in Voice Pedagogy (CCM) Contemporary Commercial Music. His professional music career began (Spring 2009) in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Jackson is fortunate to have had a career built on “word of mouth” via his fans and supporters. Often, he is called upon to sing for; weddings, funerals, private parties, churches, recitals etc. Words and phrases that best describe Jackson's vocal performances are: (G.R.I.P.) Graceful, Refreshing, Inspiring, and Powerful.
*** Specialties *** Pop, Inspirational, Gospel, Rhythm & Blues (R&B), Classical, Contemporary Jazz, some musical theater.
"Trust the process! Everything in life began and ends with a process."- B. Jackson Caesar
Languages: (English & Spanish) My interest in the Hispanic language, its apparatus, style/approach, and culture as it pertains to the ever growing population and bilingualism around the Americas. My desire is to engage the students in the discovery and appreciation of the lingual- romantic tongues.
Spanish: Countries visited; Mexico and Peru. I can guarantee that within a few months you'll feel confident and sure that you're conversation- ready to Speak Spanish. Therefore, if you're preparing a trip to a Spanish speaking country, you’ll find Peruvian Castellano pronunciation straightforward and as good as any other, with few of the dropped letters or peculiarities found in some other countries.
English (As a second language) I enjoy helping other’s learn the complexities of the English language. English is indeed a hard tongue to grasp however; it’s not difficult once you understand its secrets. (Phonetic learning)
Tania G. February 3, 2016
In home Verified Student
Arian R. January 6, 2016
In studio Verified Student
He uses great teaching methods and puts forth much effort towards his lessons. I truly appreciated him taking his time with me.
Reale H. November 23, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jackson is a wonderful teacher as he is knowledgable and patient. I enjoy every session we have together as it is personalized for you and the focus and attention that he gives is above par. I greatly enjoy the time and enthusiasm that he brings to each session and I know that I'm in good hands.
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!
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