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Review by Calvin
"So, I've been singing for years, but after deciding to produce a professional project as well as perform more, I wanted to get training to have a better c
ommand of my voice.
I not only had a breaktrhoughs in my singing ability, but also in my professional career after working with her!
Corinne helped me to gain confidence, power and precision in my performance and I would recommend her for ANY singer of ANY again and ANY experience level!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Lulu
"Jess was my first guitar teacher and i've learned so much from her. She's so great! anyone would be lucky to have her as a teacher. She's amazing at what
she does, and extremely talented! I had an awesome time being her student, I strongly recommend her!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by mingu
"She is um.... good teacher
she is really good vocal trainer and cool trainer."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by shira
"Professional, reliable, gifted, and fun!
I have been working with Molly for a couple of years, and have found her work ethic to be extremely professional
, and her overall attitude to be positive and constructive. She communicates clearly, and has a depth of musical knowledge that is rare. She shares this knowledge freely, and is able to break it down in a way that is easily digestible by someone who is less informed. She has an easy way with people of all ages, and is able to work well with children without talking down to them. She has a great sense of fun, and her passion for music is obvious in all that she does."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Samantha
"Katie is an exemplary teacher, exhibiting highly effective and innovative teaching techniques."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Frank
"I had never taken lessons via Skype before, but Rodrigo really did a great job or making the lessons relevant to my interests. He was incredibly knowledge
able and flexible! I would definitely recommend him."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Alice
"Very pleased with Kait. I would recommend to others wanting to learn piano from scratch."
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by Adrian
"Chris is a great teacher. Very friendly and encourages you to experiment the various techniques he helps you learn on the guitar, something which is impor
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are custom-oriented to your goals. You will learn confidence in your abilities to perform well and have fun. I will train your mental toolkit, while steering you toward the digital and real-world tools you need to achieve musical success.
Working towards clearly defined goals in a low-pressure, focused environment, my students reach their maximum potential quickly and with confidence. With my expertise and your dedication, we'll have fun and you'll come away from each lesson with something new to work on.
You already enjoy listening to music, now it's t
ime to enjoy making it!
***About Me*** I've appeared on recordings with dozens of rock, pop, jazz, and classical groups, and perform on a variety of instruments and styles throughout the Boston area.
I listen to and play all kinds of music from Beethoven to Stravinsky, Arcade Fire to Beyonce, James Brown to Snoop Dogg/Lion. I have had the pleasure to share the stage with rockers Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), and jazz greats Maynard Ferguson, Jimmie Lunceford, Conrad Herwig, "Blue" Lou Marini, and Jeff Coffin (Flecktones).
I've played acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, violin, cello, and string bass drums. Some of my favorite recent projects have been: -Quilty (Pavement-style hard rock band) -The Nevermind Orchestra (brass band that covers Nirvana tunes) -Chill Sons (my own band for which I write songs, play guitar, and sing) -Manhattan Symphonie (an entertaining symphony orchestra featuring soloists on piano, violin, saw, urdu, and tap shoes)
It is a treat to share music with others, and my lessons are fun, challenging, and engaging.
Thanks for stopping by to look at my profile! Let's hang out and do music things.
Alex W. August 6, 2015
Online Verified Student
Chuck is very patient and very knowledgeable, and he has a way to let the kids to absorb quickly. My son can already play 30 short songs on Saxophone and Guitar after only 5 lessons.
Cameron S. July 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
Chuck was on time, professional and my son really enjoyed his first lesson. Chuck was able to quickly figure out where my son was in the learning process so that they could get started right away. Excellent teacher!
Jeff July 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
Chuck was terrific with both my five year old son learning to play for the first time and my more experienced husband learning to refine his skills and progress further with theory. He is excellent with children and my son keeps asking if he can come everyday.
Rob. E has over 20 years of professional experience as a drum teacher, and is a veteran U.S Army Musician.
Rob. E teaches students of all ages and backgrounds: children to adults, beginners to advanced. I have over twenty-five years professional experience encompassing rock, funk, blues ,classical, theater, jazz and everything in-between.
Teaching for me is sharing my love of drums with my students. With that in mind, I strive to make learning fun and full of the excitement of discovery! I encourage questions and making mistakes as you learn. Why? Because playing an instrument is one o
f the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have!
*** Lesson Details *** All drum set students studying with Rob, children and adults, are offered a comprehensive curriculum that combines the study of classical, jazz, rock and pop music and is tailored to each students individual interests and abilities. The snare drum and drum set are rich with excellent performance repertoire, including music from classical, rock, pop, funk, Big Band and modern jazz.
During my lessons I incorporate music fundamentals such as sight-reading, rudiments, rhythms, practicing techniques and performance skills into all of my private drum lessons. I also include elementary and advanced music theory studies in my lessons to help each student feel more comfortable and confident when playing the drum set in any musical environment. Developing a loose grip and stable fulcrum. Using natural stick rebound to achieve effortless playing. Free stroke Technique- the secret to relaxed control and speed. Moeller Technique- the key to power and blazing speed. Open hand playing- greater freedom with no more crossed arms. Coordinating the limbs into a relaxed, balanced whole. Reading music without sacrificing a relaxed approach to playing. Developing good time. Learning songs from your favorite bands.
*** Studio Equipment *** Magstar Custom Drums/Zildjian cymbals
*** Travel Equipment *** Teacher/ practice pad set Student- drum set or pad set
*** Specialties *** Drum Set - Rock-Jazz-Latin jazz
Snare Drum -Rudimental - classical
Domenic M. March 26, 2013
My official drum guru!
I started taking lessons from Rob about 2003. I have found him to be a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. Believe it or not, not every good musician can both play AND teach with competence. Rob can do both. He has vast technical skills but he also plays "music" with passion and musicality. I have also found Rob to be extremely sharing and generous beyond expectations.
What are you waiting for? Take some lessons!
James H. March 18, 2013
The single most important influence on my musical career has unquestionably been the great Rob Eagan. Unlike many teachers out there, Rob teaches you how to be an all around musician and not just a drummer. He then encourages you to take your skills out into the real world by introducing you to people in your age group and beyond.
Without Rob I would not have been able to come out of my shell to pursue music in the way that I did. I cannot recommend him enough.
Robert E. February 20, 2013
Fun and the info was rewarding! I would recommend any drum student who is ready to start learning to check Rob out!!
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80âs and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.
I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.
In addition to
private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead the worship team at Life Church in Boston with my wife. I recently signed on as the keyboard player for Tall Enough, a Boston-based alternative rock band. I often find myself involved in city-wide music events in Bostonâs faith-based community, most recently arranging music and directing a 60-voice choir for Boston Night of Worship.
I enjoy my morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and watching how fast my teenage daughter can text her friends.
*** Lesson Details *** My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.
Some quotes from my students: âI absolutely love learning from Bil! Iâve watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training.â
â[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others.â
âI have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice.â
âBil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm.â
There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.
Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.
Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.
Regarding my teaching approach: For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.
For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.
For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.
*** Studio Equipment *** upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available piano and for other students to have their own instrument(s).
*** Specialties *** strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
Genevieve N. December 7, 2012
Piano Verified Student
Gifted teacher and musician
His method of teaching is amazing. He makes music accessible and joyful. I feel challenged without being intimidated. This experience is so valuable because of his ability to bring out the musician inside of me and to help me understand why and how to make beautiful sounds.
India E. September 6, 2012
Piano Verified Student
A born teacher
Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to music in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week.
Professional performing and recording musician, recording engineer, producer, and educator.
Aubrey C. May 19, 2015
Pro Tools Software ·
In studio Verified Student
I went into working with Holbrook on the recommendation of the TakeLessons staff, after a bit of trouble trying to find the right person, namely because I had set a high order — I wanted someone to essentially give me a crash course in production, somehow helping me make an actual record out of a bunch of vocal song offerings.
It worked out a million times better than I'd expected! I went in there, with my big, presumptuously tall order, and Holbrook was wonderful about doing a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of making instrumental tracks around my vocals. I explained as best I could my vision for each song, and Holbrook would try out a variety of tempos and rhythms for each — and if I felt one wasn't working, he was completely fine with giving me something more to my liking. He was also approachable, relaxed, and good at explaining basic, simple things in music production to a green beginner, and showing me how I could do many of the steps myself in the future.
I highly recommend him to anyone who wants an instructor in music production and engineering. If he could teach me, he can probably teach anyone!
Martin B. November 24, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
If you plan on learning or furthering your guitar knowledge I highly recommend Holbrook .
I've taken lessons with other teachers in the past but I must say Holbrook is the type of teacher that figures out your learning style ( yes we all have one ) , he'll take the time to find your strength and weaknesses as to make each less as beneficial as possible . I'm very fortunate to have him as a teacher !!
Hello! My name is Mathew, and I am an actively performing professional and conservatory trained musician with a degree in violin performance. I am well versed in orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire for all ages/levels. Depending on the skill level, studies will be drawn from the Suzuki method, traditional French conservatory training, and Russian schools of technique. For those looking to have more fun and learn in the process, fiddling and folk music is also available. No matter what level you are at, music making should always be fun!
Bill July 6, 2015
Thoroughly prepared, clear instruction, great musician and instructor. I highly recommend Mat.
Fausto Miro June 25, 2015
The opportunity to write a review for Mathew presents me with an enormous challenge. Simply, how to coherently and concisely express my admiration and respect for his diverse professional body of work? It would require a writer far more gifted than I to adequately represent Mathew's gifts as a violinist, as a teacher, and overall musician. Suffice it to say that I am thrilled and honored to be asked to recommend him — which I do happily without reservation, and with the greatest affection.
Taking a road trip can be the best way to enjoy a vacation, since driving makes getting there half the fun! Planning a road trip involves thinking ahead to sleep, snacks, ideally a rotation of multiple drivers, and of course picking out your playlist of the best songs to sing along to! Singing along with fun music is a great way to prevent drowsiness, and worse, highway hypnosis or outright falling asleep. Make your trip safer, and a lot more fun, with our 150 best songs to sing along to (by …
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5 Easy Ukulele Songs to Brighten a Bad Day
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