Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Dianna
After one of my daughter lessons, she stated "it was like he believed in me." Buzz is a positive non-judgmental teacher. He is concerned
about finding the best way to teach you. He is very patient. He has a way of making students feel comfortable and motivated in a safe learning environment.
Buzz is a brilliant musician with professional etiquette that surpasses most teachers."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Dorine
"One awesome teacher
Jill is one of the hidden jewels you hear people speak of; in Jill's case she is the hidden jewel when it comes to music teachers. He
r never ceases to amaze in her abilities and there are many. I've seen her multitask a group of children during a performance, all playing different instruments simultaneously, without missing a note of her own piano playing. She's a born leader and teacher, a consummate musical artist. Everything she does is golden, truly! She was the first teacher who was able to teach me rhythm in my left hand, I'm really not musically inclined, yet she was able to teach me how to play the piano pressing me pass my own ability. It's nice to sit down and be able to play something at the piano instead of just wishing I could. When it comes to small children, she's a hoot and so patient, all the kids love and adore her. My own grandson took lessons from Jill and gain such confidence in his ability he is now learning to play the cello, he simply loves music. Jill instills confidence in children and adults. She has a 'yes you can' attitude and it flows into her students. She's a winner and a true gem. You'll not regret having Jill as a teacher."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Alanna
"Perfect teacher for any level
Jared finds where you are skill wise and teaches you from there. I know some basic music theory but there are many holes in
my knowledge - He is very good at figuring out exactly what I know and what I need to practice still so I feel accomplished at the end of every lesson and don't waste any time getting to know my instrument.
I highly recommend taking lessons with Jared. I'm having a blast!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Bruce
"6 months of lessons
Adam exceeded my expectations in what I was looking for from an instructor to advance my guitar playing to the next level. His knowle
dge, instruction and patience helped me greatly in improving and gaining confidence in my guitar playing. Any questions regarding theory, style, timing, etc, he was able to answer in a way that was greatly beneficial and helped me understand. I would highly recommend him to any level guitar player for lessons."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Angelique
"Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner
, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!"
Janesville, WI teacher:
Review by Tim
"I have always wanted to learn how to play guitar but just never really knew where to begin. My wife surprised me with lessons for fathers day. I am curren
tly approaching one year playing thanks to meeting Steve and taking weekly lessons with him. Steve is a wonderful person and the absolute best person to learn from. He is extremely patient and and passionately inspiring. He really cares about your growth in learning a new instrument and goes beyond the normal preparation to assure you get the most success out of your time and works closely with you on what you personally would like to achieve with your learnings. I would highly recommend Steve for anyone, at any age, that is either looking to extend their craft or those like me who is ready to learn something new and enjoyable in their life."
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Jerry
I met Dave in my music theory class at Ex'pression college. He's the reason why I'm making music today. I went from not knowing a thing about mu
sic theory or a piano to creating chord progressions, understanding modes, intervals, modal interchange, and how to read sheet music. He's extremely patient, professional, and easy to get along with. His passion for music and teaching is infectious, I highly recommend!!!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Oxana
"Angelika is a great teacher
My daughter is being taught by Angelika for 13 month now for piano lessons. I'm very satisfied and happy how much progress I
can see in my daughter play. Day by day she starts to love music more and more... Credits to this teacher who not only teaches music but loves music! Angelika very clearly and easily explains music theory also...Good price, flexible schedule...thank you!"
Portland, ME teacher:
Review by Daniel
"Couldn't Sing Her Praises At A Higher Volume
If you are striving to be the best singer you can I recommend Mary without reservation. First, she has the c
reds. She has many years of education, both academically and "in the field" behind her. Second, her techniques are established as amongst the best. What makes her a good teacher, though, is her ability to assess her student and modify her lessons to suit the individual person. I've taken 5 lessons with her and in that time, I feel confident that I can strengthen and train my singing voice to its full potential."
EXPERIENCE Instructor for two years at North Central University, Minneapolis, MN. Music Director and Producer of Ben Jaminâ Breakthru CD. Instructor for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory. Private Teacher of bass theory and technique with an emphasis on jazz and classical applications. Member of various jazz, gospel, blues, classical and pop music groups. Provided independent workshops in which I worked with students on basic guitar, bass, piano and drum skills including music interpretation, rhythmic development and music theory Private Teacher of bass and guitar at East Valley
Music for two and half years with a regular roster of 40-50 students. Private Teacher of bass and guitar at Music and Arts in Mesa for three years
EDUCATION Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Music Major
Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY. Music Major
Bass studies with Bill Curtis of the Boston Pops Orchestra John Neves of the Berklee College of Music Bill Fielder, chairman of Rutgers Jazz Music Department, Music Theory John Ebinger of the Phoenix Symphony
PERFORMANCES Performed for two years with the Brooklyn Conservatory Faculty Jazz Ensemble. Included recording âBridging the Gap,â Received three stars in review by Downbeat Magazine. Performed with Pianist Composer and Grammy Award winner Arturo OâFarrill. Performed with variety of talented artists such as: Doc Pitman of the Inkspots, Jazz Organist Jimmy Smith, Sir Charles Hughes of the Drifters, Guitarist Mike Stern Perform and lead the Ben H. Trio. Currently playing in a variety of venues. Performed in a variety of theatrical, corporate and wedding settings.
*** Lesson Details *** My strengths are in developing creative teaching techniques and training approaches which quickly produce results, improving skills and confidence in students. My focus in teaching is music fundamentals in blues/pop/jazz idiom in addition to scales and chords. I use a variety of curricula based off the student's level and interest. I am willing to work with students to learn music that they are interested in. I concentrate on both reading music and learning to play by ear.
*** Specialties *** I play all styles Jazz, Blues, Pop, Latin, Swing, etc
For the last 40 plus years, I have taught children as young as 3 and adults as old as ahh they won't tell me!
'I have been participating in band and musical programs for over 30 years in the Kansas City Area. I am activity in a brass octet called the "Joyful Sound Brass Ensemble". We play at nursing home, churches, and other function in and around our area.
I began my musical training when I was 5. I started on a small 12 bass accordion and loved it. I moved up to the full size accordions when I was 6 years old and it wa
s as big as I was! I wanted to learn more, so my mom took pity on me and pulled out her alto saxophone for me when I was 8. My love of music grew more with each instrument I learned. With the help of my band teachers in middle school and high school, I studied: Alto, tenor and bass saxophone, clarinet, flute,and piano before I left high school. My band instructor and his wife gave me a wonderful opportunity to play in the Stage band in high school along with a special band during the summer. Their guidance and encouragement lead me into a wonderful College where I studied music. In 1970, I graduated from Adams State College now (Adam's State University) in Alamosa Colorado in 1974 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Music.
*** Lesson Details *** I try to make it enjoyable for everyone and hopefully they learn and acquire the needed skills quickly in the process. I believe it takes a lot of positive reinforcement and repetitive motions to learn anything physical. Each person is different as is the speed they learn at, it all depends on a positive attitude and there dedication to try to do their best. The trick to learning is making it fun and wanting to keep doing it.
At first I introduce each student to various types of music. This helps them to recognize a rhythm, or understand alternatives to a difficult fingering. This helps with at home practicing, never let them get bored and not challenged.. I will be adding new music all the time for them to try. If there is something specific you really want to learn, I will help you with it. I will do my best to make sure that the piece is at your learning level or below. My goal is for them to succeed and not get frustrated in the process. Remember we can always use it later if it isn't just right for you now. .
I think sight-reading is very important. It develops a personal ability to read music (it pushes you to learn rhythm and note identification quickly) and this in turns builds more confidence in what you are doing. Now if we add duets to it, this will be even make more interesting and enjoyable. Usually the first time it seems hard, but we will take it slow and before long it becomes something that the student will look forward to. Reading music is the key to learning and enjoying music. Once this is done the student has had time to hear and beginning to explore. This is when a new and creative part begins with improvisation and learning to make your own music.It is simply waiting for your exploration.
The student will progress as fast or slow as they want. It all depends on how comfortable they are after each lesson. I will either assign a new lesson or use the last with something new to help you gain a better understanding of what was being taught and something new to learn each week. Each week will be different, and never the same unless that is what you want!
The student is asked to buy a lesson book for their instrument. A 3 ring binder with plastic inserts is also an excellent addition. to add the supplemental material that always seems to get lost somewhere? This book becomes part of your repertoire, maybe it will become your most valued and loved memories of how far you have gone.
*** Studio Equipment *** Please bring your own instrument for your lessons, unless it is a piano :) I have a studio piano to give lessons on. Music lesson book is available for purchase for students individual instrument. I will furnish stands for the lessons.
There is parking and parents are welcome and encouraged to come in and join in the lesson or just wait, listen and watch. Its up to you,
*** Travel Equipment *** Bring your books and instrument and stand if outside the studio.
*** Specialties *** I have worked with special need students, along with the gifted students. Every student has to be taught differently. This is one thing I have had to learned to do with 40+ years of teaching and raising my own children and grandchildren.
I have played all genres of music at one time or another, but my favorite is playing in a old style swing Band. There is nothing sweeter than a good old dance band with swing and blues. I have far more training and exposure on the woodwind instruments because of my background, but will teach the others instruments gladly. Music is a gift that needs to be shared with generation to generation..
Heidi O. October 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Kathleen is very patient and encouraging. I am learning a lot because of her teaching and knowledge! I would definitely recommend her to anyone as a wonderful instructor.
Ashton P. February 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Kathleen is an Awesome teacher
Kathleen is a great teacher who pushes you towards excellence! She has in depth knowledge of the instruments she teaches and music in general. She is patient and an all around great teacher!
Joseph L. November 19, 2013
Kathy is a wonderful teacher
My son is 9 and has been taking lessons with Kathy for about 5 months. We started him on lessons right after the instrument "try it" day the summer prior to him starting band. He went into the try it day wanting to play drums and ended up changing his mind to play flute! He didn't know anything about the flute or how to read music when he started and she had him going in not time. My wife and I are both band nerds and highly recommend Kathy for any instrument instruction needs. She has always been wonderful at meeting our son's needs and adjusting her lessons as needed to meet the needs of my son.
My wife and I have been teaching piano lessons in the Kansas City area for more than 16 years. We have studios in our home; she teaches upstairs and I teach downstairs! I am currently accepting new students and welcome the opportunity to see them grow and experience the joy of piano playing.
My full-time job is serving as the minister of music at a local suburban church. I work with all of the vocal and instrumental programs there and direct choirs and orchestra. While some of my piano students are also involved in church music, I also teach students in the entire Kansas City area and w
e cover every genre: classical, country, pop, rock and Broadway styles. I encourage each pianist to discover his or her own passion for playing!
I have more than 30 years of experience teaching private piano students and look forward to many, many more. Let me help you learn to play the piano with excellence and have a lot of fun in the process!
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect to have a teaching environment that is professional and conducive to learning. My lessons include instruction in theory, technique and exposure to a variety of musical styles. Beginners will learn to play songs within 3 months time and gradually expand their repertoires to include more difficult piano pieces!
Beginning students are taught fundamental skills that apply to all piano players such as scales and arpeggios. Hanon exercises are used and chromatic scales are learned as well. I use Alfred teaching materials but not exclusively.
I encourage students to find their own favorites to play and lessons are tailored to meet the goals of the student. If your desire is to become a classical pianist, we concentrate on works of the masters. If you are wanting to improvise with a jazz band, we work toward ear training with the jazz greats! If you would like to play in a church worship service, we will focus our attention on service playing and playing worship songs by ear, too.
*** Studio Equipment *** Den: upright, couch and recliner, parents can sit in on lesson
*** Specialties *** Classical and church music
Christie F. September 26, 2012
Piano Verified Student
I really enjoy piano lessons. He is very positive and keeps me learning. I love piano!
MollyK July 30, 2012
Mr. T is very patient with my 6 year old daughter, and has been great to work with. My daughter really enjoys going to piano. He gives a lot of positive reinforcement. She is really picking up the piano quickly and its thanks to Mr T.
KatieP March 6, 2012
Very encouraging and makes learning fun by incorporating the history of music. Teaches at a pace that you are comfortable with, while still challenging you.
I am a follower of all things music. I have been playing the guitar for 14 years now. I have been actively instructing professionally for 7+ years and wouldn't trade it for the world. I am well versed in many styles of music as I have been a session guitarist on many albums on Music Row in Nashville TN. I have a very keen interest in seeing you reach your goals.
Sam S. February 2, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
d0ont take lessons from h1m
Sam S. February 2, 2015
d0nt take lssons from this guy hes a liar and a cheat
I have been teaching children since I was 16 years old at my church and fell in love with it! I have a vast knowledge in music, theatre, biblical studies, and history. I am also strong believer in teaching to one's learning styles. I currently teach theatre and voice at a youth organization. I will travel anywhere in the Kansas City area and also offer classes online. Let's work together to grow your outstanding skills!
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