Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Nevaeh
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Marie
"Laurelanne made me feel so comfortable on my first singing lesson. No one ever feels comfortable singing for the first time in front of someone else and s
he did it! I was taught breathing techniques and I really hope to eventually sing at a festival in a year when I become really good. She's definitely the person to go to if you want to learn to sing!!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Karim
"Ian is extremely talented and explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand. This is particularly important for online lessons!!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Joye
"Great teacher - he keeps me on track and works at my level."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Quynh
"We love Aaron! My 9-year-old daughter is taking beginner guitar lessons. He's very patient and teaches at a pace that she's comfortable with. He's helpfu
l in correcting her mistakes and is very encouraging. This has allowed her to grow an abundance of new skills. She also teaches them to me! Through this experience, she has taken a new interest in ukulele as well.
Aaron's very knowledgeable, talented and is accommodating to our busy schedule. Plus he's very funny! I've also learned a lot in this process as an observer. I'd definitely recommend him as a teacher to anyone who is a beginner or would like advance their skills."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Lyric
"Ayme is a great guitar teacher. She keeps my daughter, Lyric, wanting to learn more and more. She makes learning fun and constantly pushes Lyric to keep
trying. She is very complimentary and patient.
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Karina
"Sara's experience in vocal training allows her to identify what would benefit your voice. She has different warm ups and techniques that will aid you not
just in the sound you are looking for but prepare you for all types of singing. What I really like about these lessons is that I have pinpointed the weaknesses in my technique, that I myself could not identify, and that I leave with the ability to work on those weaknesses . Sara is really cool and down to earth making it it a comfortable environment to work in. Lastly, she has a singing cat which you need to see...I kid you not."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Chris
"Although I've had some good piano teachers in the past, Howard's unique way of teaching was a very welcomed change. I had developed a few bad habits and H
oward had some new ideas that I had never thought of to help improve my practicing and playing, e.g. sight-reading techniques, tips for playing faster, hand and body relaxation, body posture. He is very knowledgeable and creative in his teaching. Highly recommended."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Kevin is a great teacher. He is very patient as well as informative."
First, some exciting news! I just became a part of takelessons online lesson program, and now I can teach students from anywhere in the country! But I digress...
Let's see, first and foremost I'm a music lover of the highest order. Whether it's jazz, rock, indie, classical, hip-hop or country, if it's good music, I love it.
I grew up obsessively listening to everything i could get my hands on, and began playing guitar at the age of 11. That was cut short, though, when the next year I almost lost my middle finger on my left hand in an ice skating incident. It took 5 years for me to re
gain the strength and motion, during which time I was forced to give up guitar playing altogether. I never lost my passion for music, though, and in my heart i never stopped dreaming about what it would be like to be a professional musician. When I went away to college, I studied political science, but I also brought an acoustic guitar with me, and soon I was spending every free minute I could spare playing that guitar. I didn’t begin seriously studying music, though, until I was almost 20 yrs old and in my 3rd year of college, and for years I was kicking myself for waiting so long. However, getting a bit of a late start motivated me to practice twice as hard, and now thirteen years later, I look at what happened as a total blessing. Having been deprived of playing music for so long, I truly appreciate and am thankful for every day that I get to make my living in music. It's something that I will never take for granted and it keeps me from ever getting bitter or jaded. As a teacher, my experiences have given me a unique perspective which allows me to really connect with my students. I vividly remember the difficulties and challenges I faced as a beginner, and that allows me to be proactive in helping my students avoid some of the pitfalls that I had to go through.
*** Lesson Details *** I try to take into account each student’s specific goals and musical tastes to design a course of study that will both challenge them and keep them motivated and excited about what they’re learning. I believe that, even when working on challenging, difficult material, students should enjoy themselves, and that it’s the teacher’s responsibility to present the material in a way that will facilitate that for the student. I have a genuine respect for every student, regardless of their ability level, goals, musical tastes, age or gender, and I always take the time to get to know my students and adapt their lessons to best suit their individual learning styles.
I also try as often as possible to take advantage of the fact that I teach out of a fully functional recording studio, with amps, mics, my guitars, bass, mandolin, drum set and my midi keyboard which is connected to my computer which serves as the studio's hub. This allows me to record video and audio of lessons to let the students see and hear themselves and monitor they’re progress. I can record video and audio examples of warm-ups and exercises, create backing tracks for students to practice with, even record demos for those students interested in writing original music.
*** Studio Equipment *** coffee table, couch, instruments(guitars, bass, mandolin, drums), amplifiers(guitar and bass) , 64 key keyboard to accompany, imac/recording equipment, parents can sit in on lesson
*** Specialties *** Music - Rock, Folk, Jazz, Musical Theatre
Katherine H. February 19, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Great teacher and nice guy!
I started singing lessons as a complete beginner, although I am in my 30s. Ian was happy to teach me the basics and then we dove right in to something I was interested in learning to sing. He was easy to talk to and encouraging, but willing to point out what I could improve as well. I would recommend him to others.
shellyj July 18, 2012
Took a couple singing lessons in the past with a different teacher and I didn't get very far. Ian has a great teaching style and I can already hear a difference in my singing just in the first few weeks of lessons. He is very encouraging, especially for a beginner like me. His constructive criticism is equally helpful. Highly recommended.
GerritC July 7, 2012
Fantastic, Genre Diverse Vocal Teacher
In addition to thoroughly addressing all of the issues that initially spurned my desire for vocal lessons, we also examined and exercised other critical areas that he brought to my attention, and laid a strong foundation for singing technique.
Robert's exemplary and diverse career all began when he was a very small boy. His magical, musical journey began with his Grandfather, Donald Mcullick, a country singer/guitarist, who spent the 1950's touring and performing with blockbuster artists such as Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Grandpa would take his young protégé out to the swing under the apple tree in the backyard and show him songs on an old acoustic guitar. He would later give that guitar to Robert. That guitar was the key to the music box of Robert's life. A life long dedicated to the art and craft of music.
's high school years were very non-traditional. While most students spent time at football games and pep rallies, Robert spent his time performing in pit orchestras and composing for local theater companies. His extensive theater credits include work with the Hampton Playhouse, the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts, the Seacoast Reparatory Company and the Portland Stage Company. Robert was comfortable on both sides of the stage. He was an accomplished performer, composer and overall technical adviser even in his teens.
After graduating High School, Robert took on the daunting task of recording his first solo album "Obstacles Overhead". The album featured members of Capitol Records recording artists Thanks to Gravity and Pondering Judd. All of his hard work paid off and the album received airplay on many local radio stations.
The allure and glamor of the Rock and Roll life soon called, and Robert found himself fronting a heavy Metal power trio called Nine Shades of White. The group toured extensively throughout the east coast, and recorded two well received albums.
After taking time to record projects with Boston based singer Rick Skeehan and the world renowned Irish folk group the Makem Brothers, Robert joined a group called Two Much Trouble, and performed on their album "Frankenstein". The group earned a wild reputation with its heavily modified tour bus that spit flames and transformed into a mobile stage.
In the summer of 1997 Robert was enlisted as the lead guitarist for the premier seacoast rock group 202 The Band. For the next 5 years he rocked crowds every weekend all over the New England area. In 2002 the group released the album "En Route". Many of the songs featured on the album were either written or co-written by Robert.
Always anxious to take drastic "left turns" along his musical path, Robert accepted an invitation by the renown New York City based jazz guitarist Larry Simon to perform in two of his large scale new age, rock, jazz ensembles, Collective Consciousness and Infinite Soul. Each group sported, at times, over twenty members. This setting not only gave Robert the chance to tread on new musical ground, but it also gave him the chance to explore new instruments like mandolin and electric violin. Robert now plays an electric violin custom made for him by Mark Wood of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Rock and Roll of course was never far from his heart, so of course he did just that. Robert next found himself playing second guitar for his close friend and virtuoso guitarist Dan Miller in the Dan Miller Band. This heavy metal juggernaut created enough of a rumble to make it into the final round of the Boston based Beantown Meltdown battle of the bands in 2004.
In 2005 Robert finally found the time to release his second solo album, "Dust Covered Man". Produced by Grammy nominated producer Mac Ritchey, it was a somewhat dark and introspective, acoustic based, singer songwriter album that featured flutist Cynthia Chatis and blues harmonica guru "Hatrack" Gallagher. Robert's version of Pink Floyd's "Blue Sky" had the distinction of being voted the 2nd best cover of a Pink Floyd song on iTunes, during 2005. Richie Havens, the internationally known folk singer, has also given his stamp of approval on Robert's version of "Darkness Darkness".
In the spring of 2007 Robert was given the immense honor of performing as a member of the world famous Irish soul band "The Commitments" on their 2007 U.S. tour, filling in for the bands ailing original guitarist Kenneth McCluskey.
2007 also saw the release of a series of Hypnotherapy CD's by therapist Sharon O'Connor that featured music written and recorded by Robert. He has also written music for independent films and television throughout the years.
In 2007 Robert also found time to reunite with some of his old 202 band mates in a short lived group called Stone Circle. While the band had to be put on hold for the time being, Robert looks forward to working with his old friends again someday.
In early 2008 Robert began studies with British classical guitar master Edward Flower, expanding his already diverse background even more. Later that year he was recruited to do transcriptions for Guy Davis, a popular performer in the modern blues world.
Early 2009 saw the launch of Robert’s newest endeavor, his own professional recording studio, dubbed “The Dragon’s Den”, nestled in the woods in tranquil Stratham NH. A place where Robert himself and others can find peace and craft their creative vision.
And the journey continues……..
*** Lesson Details *** Robert's teaching approach changes and conforms to the needs and goals of each individual student. He does his best to encourage good technique and the understanding of basic music theory as it applies to the style of music the students wishes to learn. Robert strives to find the perfect delicate balance between focused study and just having fun with music.
After a few months of lessons all students will learn the importance of proper technique and the core essentials of reading music. Younger students will be able to play well known melodies familiar to them, and older students will be playing pieces from popular songs. This of course is a general overview, as each students progresses at his or her own pace.
*** Studio Equipment *** Can provide an instrument for the first lesson only (teacher must be advised beforehand) If students wish to continue they must have their own instrument. Students playing electric guitars or bass do not need to bring amplifiers to lessons, there is one provided. Students do not generally need to purchase books or other instructional materials, they will be provided.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Pop, Blues, Country, Folk, Heavy Metal
Being a Berklee College of Music Graduate with a Masters in Music Education from Boston University, I have been playing for almost 30 years and teaching private lessons for 15+, I am a Professional Instructor that has the ability and resources to teach several styles ranging from Rock to Classical to Jazz to Country to Metal. In other words, anything you want to learn I can teach you or your child using the songs and exercises necessary to help you become a real musician.
*** Lesson Details *** The lessons are tailored to you and your wants as a musician. Whether you have an el
ectric, acoustic, or classical guitar, along with various method books, I have the music, print outs, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you should.
The lessons will help you learn to play guitar through chord diagrams, theory, charts, examples, and exercises, as well as anything you hear on the radio.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a lot of guitars, amps, pedals, woodwind instruments, keyboards, and recording equipment. Instruments everywhere!
*** Travel Equipment *** The students should have their own instrument and method book. Other that that, I provide all other handouts and supplemental material and handouts.
*** Specialties *** I work the most in rock, bluegrass, country, contemporary, and jazz styles.
Henry M. May 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great instructor. Explains things clearly. A pleasure taking the lessons each week.
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I hope to encourage and build you up in whatever challenge we decide to tackle. Whether you are starting out for the first time or you have been playing for a while, I'm here to push you, to see you grow and to learn things as well. I love working with both children and young adults. My students say that I'm fun, I run lessons in an exciting manner, and I love making music.
I am a recent college graduate of Gordon College who, in my other life, am a Firefighter for Ipswich Fire Department and a 911 D
ispatcher for Patriot Ambulance in Chelmsford, MA.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons can be scheduled in 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions. Generally, students in elementary school should have 30 minute lessons. Middle/High school amateur students, 45 minutes. Advanced high school students or adults, 60 minutes. Exceptions are made depending on the progress of the student.
All lessons must be booked per person (i.e. if you have two kids who you want to take lessons with me, they each must be signed up for 30 minutes.
**Location Requirements** All lessons are to be in the students' home.
Students must provide their own instruments. I can assist you in choosing an appropriate instrument for your child through local vendors.
All method books must also be purchased upon discussion with the instructor within the first two weeks of lessons.
*** Specialties *** Strong in classical trumpet, jazz and contemporary piano, music technology, basic recording. Well-versed in teaching all instruments listed at the basic level. As students progress in their studies, if it is not my specialty instruments, I would refer you to a teacher advanced in your students area.
Nicole R. December 1, 2014
In home Verified Student
My 14 year old daughter has been taking cello lessons with Ben for the past 3 months. He is a reliable, respectful and patient instructor. My daughter has made great strides under Ben's instruction. His love for music is evident in his enthusiastic, confident approach.
Barbara L. September 26, 2014
In home Verified Student
My three granddaughters and I are taking lessons with Ben. I asked each of the girls to give me three words about Ben and we all agreed. He is patient, fun and funny and, they added, "I really like him and he knows a lot about teaching and playing the piano." I was a teacher and professor for many years, and I know good teaching when I see it. Ben is a very good teacher. Not only is he patient and at ease with his students, he seems always to be aware of each of them and able to respond to their needs. I'm impressed and feel fortunate to have found someone who is also responsible and reliable, and takes his work seriously. It is a great pleasure to work with Ben and we all look forward to our weekly lesson.
Katy G. January 18, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Top notch teacher
My son has been taking lessons from Ben now for a little over a month. I cannot say enough about the professionalism and reliability of Ben. I figured it would take a lot to keep a 16 year old boy who is a beginner totally interested in piano but Ben has managed to do just that. My son actually looks forward to his weekly lessons and practices without hesitation and I can only attribute that to the teaching techniques of Ben. If anyone is contemplating on choosing Ben for their or their child's instructor, hesitate no further. He is one of the best.
With over 15 years experience teaching guitar lessons full time and performing internationally, I have enjoyed working with students ranging from beginner to advanced in all styles whether it be Jazz, Rock , Heavy Metal, Folk, Blues and everything in between. It is my goal as a teacher to evaluate your existing level and work to inspire you and to help achieve your goals. Whether you want to study Jazz Improvisation, Van Halen, James Taylor, or Guns and Roses, I believe all styles are interconnected and your technique, theory, ear-training, and musicianship can be developed through any style t
hat interests you. Above all else, learning how to play the guitar should be FUN and INSPIRING! So, contact me on take lessons and lets get started!
Resume is available upon request.
Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon. Sincerely, Phil S.
Phil's compositions showcase a variety of ideas and are quite effective at setting up the soloists to explore the various permutations suggested by his tunes. His compositional originality is matched by his incisive playing which ranges from "inside" lyricism to hard edged, riff based, screaming rock and satisfying surreal textures aided by his intelligent use of electronics." - David Kane, Cadence Music
"With demonstrative technique, Phil is cognizant of the tradition but thinks outside of the box." -Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz
John F. January 8, 2015
Music Performance ·
Although I'm not technically a student of Phil's, I learn a lot from him every time I play and teach with him. We perform regularly at Berklee, where I'm a professor, and we give concerts and masterclasses all over the Northeast together (most recent was at Cornell). Phil's a warmhearted, patient, brilliant teacher and an outstanding and creative musician, seamlessly putting together everything he knows--jazz, shredding, classical--there's no boundaries for him! He's great at explaining things, and he never belittles a question, no matter how dumb you might have thought it was. Phil's a great friend and a great teacher. -John Funkhouser, Berklee College of Music, Boston
Mike W. December 23, 2014
In addition to being the most talented guitarist and musician I have ever had the opportunity to play with, Phil is an astoundingly good teacher. I've played guitar for 8 years and taken private lessons the entire time. Phil has been my teacher for the past 2 years and in that time I have progressed as a musician more than I could have ever imagined. Phil has been the biggest factor in my decision to major in music, due to his unrivaled musical talent, his kind, unassuming, (and funny) demeanor and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the fretboard. He is well versed in so many genres of music, and has such an effortless grasp on improvisation. Any guitarist, from immediate beginners to seasoned professionals, can learn so much from Phil. Need I say more?
Matt B. November 25, 2014
Phil is the man! I had been playing for several years before I took lessons with him. He has introduced me to volumes of new music, helped me grow as an improviser, and even taught me how to read for the guitar (which was never my goal in taking lessons, but I'm very happy I can read now). He's helped to expand my playing by constantly introducing new and creative ideas in a supportive atmosphere.
Phil demonstrates a mastery of his instrument while always making his lessons accessible to the student. Definitely check this guy out if you want to reach the next level!
Left-handed guitarists of the world unite! When it comes to guitar setup and style, you're kind of in your own world...
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15 Struggles Only Left-Handed Guitarists Understand
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1. Some people try to change you...
...but you do your own, awesome, left-handed thing! There is a school of thought that lefties should conform to right-handed ways and learn to play a regular righty guitar. This works for some lefties, like Paul Simon and David Byrne. For other left-handed players, a right-handed guitar can be discouraging and difficult, and switchi
Should I Take Voice Lessons in My Home or at a Studio?
Ready to learn to sing with a professional teacher at your side? Many teachers offer in-home lessons as an option, so you may need to decide between that or going to their studio. Read on as Hayward, CA teacher Molly R. offers her advice for making your choice...
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How to Read & Find Bass Guitar Tabs For Your Favorite Songs
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Top 5 Piano Lesson Books for Adults
Have you been thinking about taking piano lessons, but aren't sure where to begin as an adult? No problem! Learning musical theory and practice as an adult just means that you're more likely to be a dedicated, intelligent student!
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10 Surprising Celebrities Who Play the Ukulele
Stars, they're just like us!
Just like you, these famous figures learned chords and simple songs on the ukulele, spent hours practicing, and fell in love with this Hawaiian instrument. Check out these videos of 10 celebrities who you probably didn't know played the ukulele.
1. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
For such a big guy, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson looks right at home holding a tiny ukulele.
2. Ryan Gosling
Please hold your swoons until the end of the Gos' ukulele performance.