Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Michael
"Hey Seth, Thank you so much for the great work you did engineering the recordings for Martini & Olive. We shot the videos today and the tracks were perfec
t. Had a blast working with you and hope to create more music with you soon. And your Triumph was pretty terrific a well. Cheers
Had a great recording session with Seth this week. He gave us good direction and really finessed our vocals and timing on the final recordings. Thank you Seth!
-Judy of Martini and Olive Seth worked with us (Martini & Olive) engineering our Medleys — and he was patient inciteful and so helpful — massaging our intricate comedy melodies for our music video. We are a quirky fast funny funky lounge act and he understood our concerns musically and comically. We spent hours with him and he was a joy the entire time. Thanks Seth!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Cindy
"If I had to pick all over again, I would still choose Michelle! I can't think of anything she could do to improve. She is smart, funny, bubbly, positive
, and very flexible with schedules. She could teach any age and any range of ability without making the student feel humiliated. In fact, she is very good at building confidence and you can tell she ENJOYS teaching and singing. She is also very caring. I originally purchased the lessons for my daughter (20) who is interested in theater, but just for fun (and as a Christmas present), we did the first few lessons together. I am in charge of our church youth band, so I continued my lessons as I discovered there really is so much to learn. I have never been able to reach high notes, so I've learned how to breathe and even get well past my normal B-flat high note. I never knew there were so many places for sound to reverberate, so I guess you could say I am finding my voice. I am a reading specialist, so I recognize quality instruction. My daughter and I love her so much that my 22-year old son wanted to take lessons as well. He is a piano performance major at UNT and appreciates good teachers who are also good musicians. We all three highly recommend her. I would give her more stars if I could! The Take Lessons website is also very well organized and I haven't had a bit of trouble with it, despite the fact that I've had to rearrange my lessons quite often. Thanks for everything, Michelle!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Tom
"I couldn't have asked for a better teacher. Brian was able to take me from not playing the sax in 10 years to playing in front of 200 people at my wedding
in 6-7 sessions. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for lessons."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Meredith
"I just had my first piano lesson with Julie and so far I am thrilled! She was energetic and enthusiastic and explained things very well to me. I'm excited
to move forward and see where this takes me."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Sharon
"She's very good I learn so much fr her today."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Valentino
"Wonderful instructor with my 7 year old son. Mr. Anderson has been patient and thorough in his teaching and also was helpful in the selection of guitar th
at was suitable for my son. Thank you Mr. Anderson."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Allison
"These lessons are excellent in quality.
Sandra is very knowlegeable about how the vocal chords work and how to sing the right way without straining your
voice. She shows you how to use various exercises to warm up your voice and helps you learn the proper technique to develop good breathing skills. She teaches a variety of music for the voice including spirituals, musical theater and opera. Her style of teaching is personable which puts you at ease during the lesson and she makes positive and encouraging comments. When you are done the lesson you always feel that you have accomplished something, even if it is a small step forward. I would highly reccomend her to anyone who wants to learn how to sing or who wants to improve their voice."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Jinhoon
"Evan is a talented musician and a great teacher! What I like about him is that he gave a great experience in music, in addition to the theories and techn
iques of drumming
He's talent gave me a great inspiration to get more interested in drumming and especially the jazz. I am satisfied of the learning that I got so far, and I am excited for more experience that will come in the future."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Julia
"First lesson went very well. My daughter was excited and Cynthia kept her interested and engaged. I like her style of asking my daughter questions to ensu
re that Julia was absorbing the information. Thanks Cynthia. Looking forward to next week!!!!"
I am a 28 year old Massachusetts native and have been playing music since I was 8 years old, starting on the piano with a wonderful teacher in Beverly who also went to Berklee. I picked up the guitar and the bass in high school and got into rock, jazz and blues and haven't looked back. I received a bachelors degree from Berklee in 2012 with a major in Professional Music and minor in Music Education.
I currently perform in and around Boston with several bands and also build electric guitars and perform all types of repairs and modifications. I also will teach this skill if you are int
Music study is great exercise for your brain. It works both the left and right hemispheres of the brain simultaneously because you are thinking both creatively and logically/mathematically at the same time.
I am happy teaching students at any level, even if you have never picked up an instrument before. I can work with you and get you on the path to being the kind of musician you want to be.
*** Lesson Details *** I custom tailor my lessons to meet a students individual needs. I am a serious teacher, but I am a laid back person. I am easy going, but I will make sure you learn what you need to learn. I can guarantee after 4 or 5 lessons with me, you will have tripled your knowledge of chords, scales, technique, and song repertoire. I am very patient and am happy to work with students of all ages and skill levels.
I encourage mid to upper level students to bring in CD's or email an MP3/YouTube link of songs they want to learn (if they are at the right level) and I will transcribe them on the spot and go through them with you step by step.
If you want to learn how to play all your favorite songs, I am the teacher for you. I won't make you play music you aren't really interested in, but I will make recommendations for songs to improve your playing and include music theory so that you understand what you are playing and why you are playing it. The point of playing music is to HAVE FUN, after all.
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender Blues Jr. III guitar amp, Vintage Gallien Kreuger guitar amp, Carvin/Peavey Bass amp, Epiphone 1 x 12 guitar amp, custom thin line telecaster, custom solid body telecaster, vintage synsonic electric guitar, breedlove acoustic guitar, Tacoma acoustic bass, Schecter stiletto 5 string electric bass, Ibanez soundgear 5 string bass, custom stratocaster, vintage synsonic single coil guitar, 5 string banjo, , Diamond Head tenor ukulele, u-king soprano banjolele , M-Audio oxygen 8 midi controller, Blue Mic USB microphone, Eurorack mixer, shure microphone, 2011 Macbook pro w/ Sibelius, Pro Tools, Garage Band, Reason. Full lutherie shop equipped to do custom builds, guitar set-ups, mods, and repairs
*** Travel Equipment *** I will travel with just my guitar or bass and some music paper or my laptop. Students are only expected to have their own instrument and a place with minimal noise to have the lesson.
*** Specialties *** Picked and fingerstyle acoustic or electric guitar, Fingerstyle or picked bass guitar, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Hip-Hop, Bossa, etc.
eliyahu kheel December 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
David is a wonderful teacher moving at a strong pace to get as much done in a short time as possible. He comes to the lessons very prepared with lots of great material to help the student learn and improve. Very knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. I highly recommend David as a teacher.
Rockwell Jackson October 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very personable and knowledgeable! Already can't wait for my next lesson!
Mark P. July 17, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
So far, so good. After only 5 weeks I'm already playing along to a couple of recordings of songs I like. I have lots of musical experience, but never picked up a bass guitar before this past January. I'm really enjoying the lessons. David is a great teacher and I expect to be around for a long time.
Hello, I am Vasiliy M, Boston University School of Music Alumnus (DMA in Composition). We dwell in Boston since Fall 2002; before that time , we lived in New York, where I studied Composition at Mannes College, The New School For Music. I received both BM, and MM degrees from Mannes in 1999, and 2001, respectively. Before an arrival to US, in 1994, I studied Jazz Performance, Electric Bass Major, and Classical Composition, at Moldova State Conservatory, from 1988 to 1993, respectively. I was raised in the family, where music is an essential part of its daily life; my father, Gr
igoriy, before his retirement, was a military band trombone player, and, quite naturally, I was exposed to music, and encouraged by my parents to learn playing an instrument of my choice, from my early childhood. My mother, Anisia Kondrat'ievna, possesses both beautiful vocal abilities and perfect pitch , although she has never had a chance to develop her natural gifts any further. But I have heard my mother singing, and these moments remain one of the most touching and impressive musical experiences, that I have ever received, and remember to this very day. Only after a considerable life experiences, abound of trials and mistakes, at the age of twenty five, I have come to a clear realization, that music remains my greatest passion, and that I would have to become a professional musician. With help and support of friends and colleagues, I have entered Community College in Soroki city, Moldova Republic, where I have studied Choral Conducting for Amateurs. I have graduated from school in May of 1988, having written a few instrumental and vocal compositions of my own, and, quite unexpectedly for myself, was invited, that summer, to visit Moldova State Conservatory, with the prospect of audition for the Composition Major. After the meeting with the Chair of the Department, I was offered an opportunity to be accepted to the Master Degree Program in Composition, provided I will have completed two years of preliminary studies of Music Theory, Music Harmony/Voice Leading, and many other related disciplines. Why do I bring all of these facts to this Essay? I know for the fact now, that I was not ready for what was awaiting ahead of me, back then. There was no way, that I could cope with the demands of Composition Program curriculum. But I have had love for music, that my parents have implemented in me throughout my childhood; I have had natural abilities, that Heavens supplied me with: and I have had a chance to make my dream a reality, providing I do everything that I will have to, during the following years of struggles and study. The decision was made, and my studies have begun. I have come through every mistake, defeat, and mind-barriers imaginable, and if it would not be a continuous stream of professional help and support, that I have received from my numerous teachers, mentors, and professors, along the years of study, my goals could never be attained to any modest, but real degree. Whenever I have a chance to teach, tutor, or assist other musicians with their study, my past experience always reminds me, that any person may experience some difficulties of various nature with the learning material, from time to time, and that those difficulties should be addressed by student's teacher with the highly individual approach, however time-and effort-consuming it may be. Patience and respect, in regard to the students, have become as important aspects of teaching to me, as those of discipline and professionalism. My studies have come to an end; I see now, that the world of music is an endless entity, for it has no boundaries, and we all have to maintain our further progress, in order to move to our chosen destinations, and to help others with their own advancements.
Sincerely Vasiliy M.
*** Lesson Details *** I would be more than willing to assist my prospective students with their various musical endeavors, and people's willingness to either play music instruments,take voice lessons, or to study Music Theory/ Musicianship disciplines will serve us as a starting point for our work. Through the diligent preliminary talk we will discuss various aspects of interest that my students have developed in relation to music, so we could plan and design our future lessons according to an initial discussion. My job and responsibility will be to make an intelligent assessment of my students' natural abilities for the given subject of study, to create vigorous learning atmosphere during our meetings, and to give my students professional instructions to the best of my humble abilities, for the benefits of their musical , aesthetic, and personal development. I will encourage my students to learn as much as they can, at the given moment, but I will not ever attempt to exceed people's natural capabilities. Participation in Music with love and fun should be as rewarding and valuable to the music amateur, as professional performing career ( with its highly demanding standards) stands for classically trained musicians. During our study sessions, we will work upon the goals and tasks that we have discussed at the beginning of our meetings. My ultimate goal as a teacher was and will always be to help my students discover and bring forward their best creative potentials through the intensive musical studies and practice, and, at the same time, to favor heir initial interest's transformation into a deep, serious passion.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living Room, Italian keyboard Real Piano PRO 2
*** Travel Equipment *** Honda Insight 2011
*** Specialties *** As a Bass - player, I have been performing in Big-Band Orchestras, Jazz Sextets, Quartets, Trios, Duos. I was also a Progressive-Rock Band Bass-Player. John Pretlor Band, (R&B style, Soft Jazz) hired me, as a Bass Player, before I went to Mannes College, to study Composition.
Music Theory - wise, I have taught Fundamentals of Music, Elementary Music, Music Theory I, II, Keyboard Harmony, Music Analysis, Post-Tonal Theory.
Juniper T. February 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
Vasily is a wonderful teacher. He is kind, patient, and relates very well to our shy daughter. He is teaching her to "know" the piano, in a delightful and disciplined way, and of course he is teaching her to play. Juniper leaves every session feeling accomplished and happy! We are very happy to have started lessons with him.
Andrew O Brown December 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
Vasily is a superb teacher, extremely knowledgeable, and a joy to work with.
Amelie H. June 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
We have come to know Vasiliy as a very knowledgeable, patient, and dedicated teacher. My daughter was only 5 when she had her first piano lessons, and I was interested, most of all, in understanding whether her interest in music and the piano in a common room in our building was mature enough to begin music lessons - or not. Vasiliy gave me a very knowledgeable assessment of my daughter's readiness to begin studying music, and then went on to give her piano lessons that were right for her level and age. He definitely developed my daughter's eagerness to learn more, and left her looking forward very much to her weekly piano class. We can wholeheartedly recommend Vasily.
I have been involved professionally in music for over 35 years as a music teacher, performing artist, recording artist, record producer, record label owner, arranger and composer. I have written many music books and hundreds of arrangements for musicians of all levels. I have experience in virtually all styles of music. I offer private lessons to students of all ages and abilities in all styles. My Teaching Background My entire family is involved in the arts. My Mom is a painter and violinist in the Cape Ann Symphony, my Dad was an actor and a writer. My Uncle was under contract to Cecil B.
DeMille and appeared in several Hollywood movies with Gary Cooper and Paulette Godard. I was educated at the Berklee School of Music. I also studied privately with John Payne, Jerry Bergonzi, Houston Person, Buddy Tate, Arnett Cobb, Eddie lockjaw Davis, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson. I have recorded 10 CDs as a leader. My CD Crescent City was the #1 Record on Jazz Radio Charts coast to coast in 2002 and #35 of all jazz Records released in that year. I performed on “Good Morning America” as part of the Mardi Gras coverage. I have performed in New Orleans at Jazzfest, Satchfest, and major venues including Tipitinas, Snug Harbor, and the House of Blues and with the Neville Brothers and the Marsalis family. Also in New York City at The Village Vanguard with Buddy Tate and Scott Hamilton, Birdland with the Count Basie Band, the Lester Young Tribute Concert in NYC, and Cecil’s Jazz Club in New Jersey. I headlined at Boston’s “Steppin’ Out” concert sharing the stage with Delfeayo Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Tito Puente Jr. and many others, and at the Jazz Week festival in Boston sharing the stage with Max Weinberg from the "Late Nite" with Conan O'Brian Show. Primarily a saxophonist I also perform and teach Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Banjo and Mandolin.
My Teaching Philosophy I approach teaching each student as a unique individual and try to assess what their skill levels and goals are and how I can help to take them to the next level. When I find that a student reaches a certain level I start creating unique arrangements for them that will help them grow even faster musically. I have students from age 5 to age 85 on all instruments. Along with private lessons I offer ensembles. One of my students performs professionally with me on trumpet. He is now 18 and has been studying with me since the second grade. Another of my students started two years ago at age 56 on Bass Guitar and then Bass Violin. He now performs regularly with me as well. One of my students is 10 years old. His mother and father are from Brazil. He has been studying with me for 5 years. He began on piano and added the trumpet about two years ago. His best instrument is the drums however! After studying with me for only a few months he has become the drummer in my main ensemble which includes the two previously named students and is performing with us a concert which is part of a big arts festival. I teach my students that there is no limit to what they can achieve if they keep trying!
Schedule and Availability I teach six days a week year round at my home studio. I offer lessons from 1/2 hour to as many hours as I can fit into my schedule. I also offer Skype lessons.
I am an enthusiastic and energetic college student who is majoring in music and loves working with children. I have had quite a bit of prior teaching experience. I have taught violin lessons for the past seven years. Along with violin, I can teach beginning piano, recorder, viola, cello, and group ensemble classes of multiple age and ability levels. I have been the volunteer music teacher assistant at the Upper Valley Waldorf School in Quechee, VT, a job that included conducting and supervising the middle school orchestral and ensembles, and have initiated, organized, directed, and been the le
ad teacher at the Upper Valley Waldorf School summer music camp program for the past five years. I have primarily worked with the Suzuki and Essential Elements method book series', though I am comfortable working with most teaching methods and often pull other music in to supplement what my students are learning. I tailor my lessons to meet my students' personal needs and interests. Along with instrumental technique, I incorporate basic theory concepts such as note reading, rhythm, and ear training into my lessons, so that all my students have a working knowledge of these concepts.
I am more than happy to expand on this description and answer any questions you may have, and I look forward to working with your children!
Chris Baum is an American violinist, composer, educator, and recording artist. A pioneer of modern string technique, his strength lies in his versatility, consistently pushing the boundaries of the violin while molding his playing to fit ensembles and genres often deemed unsuitable for the instrument. Trained in a demanding classical environment, Baum expanded his musical vocabulary at Berklee College of Music, where he studied contemporary repertoire under Eugene Friesen, Mimi Rabson, and Sheldon Mirowitz. He graduated with honors in 2010 with a degree in film scoring and composition.
is' growing list of credits include collaborations with Bent Knee, The Dear Hunter, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dropkick Murphys, Amanda Palmer, Symmetry, Art Decade, Ben Levin, Guy Mendilow, Jherek Bischoff, and the Video Game Orchestra, who recently featured him as a soloist at Boston’s Symphony Hall and on the ensemble's recent tours in China and Taiwan. He currently resides in recording studios, tour buses, and occasionally, Rockport, MA, where he teaches music at Brookwood, Pingree, and Rockport Schools.
Chris' teaching curriculum consists of material and techniques custom-tailored to the individual, with a strong emphasis on technique, theory, ear training, and improvisation. He has been sharing his passion for the violin to musicians of all levels and ages for the past decade, whether their interests lie in classical, jazz, rock, folk, avant-garde, or somewhere in between.
Selected Discography: The Dear Hunter - Live (2015) Ben Levin Group - Freak Machine (2015) ElderFlux - ElderFlux (2015) Om Frequency - Penumbra (2015) Poorvaa - Arunagiri Perumale (2015) Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies (2014) Art Decade - Art Decade (2014) Pyre Dove - Shallow Stepper (2014) Video Game Orchestra - Live at Symphony Hall (2014) The Dear Hunter - Migrant (2013) Qwill & the Soul Review Project - Live at Dimension Sound Studios (2013) Symmetry - Junky (2013) Bent Knee - Live and Nearly Unplugged (2013) Honey Circuit - Music for Roots (2013) Hillary Barleaux - Hillary Barleaux (2013) Bored with Four - We Are Friends (2013) Ben Levin Group - Invisible Paradise (2012) Jaggery - Private Violence (2012) Honey Circuit - Dissolving I (2012) Perhaps - Volume 1 (2012) The Devil’s Twins - Handsome Devils (2012) Bent Knee - Bent Knee (2011) Black Kettle - Narrative (2010) Ben Levin Group - Pulse of a Nation (2010) Wheat - White Ink, Black Ink (2009) Dropkick Murphys - Meanest of Times (2007) *upcoming release
Adam P. April 21, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I think the 5 star description sums it up nicely, 'Best instructor ever'. I've worked with Chris for a few months now and his knowledge, friendliness, and ability to to teach are astounding! He teaches in a very dynamic way, adjusting the lesson on the fly to make sure you are learning what you need to know, when you need to know it, and at a pace that works well. Definitely recommended!
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