Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Andrew
"Erica is an amazing instructor. I always look forward to lessons with her, and always leave feeling like I've made improvements. I highly recommend taking
lessons with Erica."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Karl
"Dave M. proves you can teach an old dog new tricks
I am a 66 year old retired IT professional that has a passion for guitar playing. During my working ye
ars I did not have the time to indulge my desire to learn how to play. After dabbling with self instruction and a few music store instructors these past few years of retirement I finally found a teacher truly committed to his students. I feel like for the first time I am making progress and learning how to play guitar. Dave is enthusiastic and thorough with his lessons and a true professional in his craft. He has instilled me with an infectious desire to move forward and I can't wait for the next lesson to come around. I highly recommend him and his approach to other potential students young or old."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Jessica
"She will go out of her way to help you and even offers additional help. What teacher does that this days. She is professional and has lots of experience,
and is excellent at what she does."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Hemal
"Chris is amazing with my daughter. She has been taking lessons with Chris for past 6 months and her singing technique has improved exponentially. He lets
her pick the songs and works at her pace. He is very adjusting of any schedule change (even if it is last minute). My daughter always looks forward to her singing lesson with Chris.
Chris is patient, well rounded in different genre's of music, fun to work with, and an experienced professional. I would highly recommend him."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Christie
"I have been a piano teacher for 30 years and taught my grandson. I moved out of state and did some research. My goal was to find a teacher where my gran
dson could ride his bike to lessons, a young role model with good credentials. I got 3 choices and after talking with all 3, Kyle was it. He is wonderful; inspirational, inspiring, creative and encouraging. He is not a push over. He has expectations and the enthusiasm and commitment on the part of my grandson (14 yrs. old) is a dream come true!"
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Zade
"Our son had his first lesson with Thomas last night. Thomas is extremely patient and was able to keep him engaged throughout the entire lesson. That's HUG
E because our son is autistic and has trouble focusing. It's only been one lesson but I recommend Thomas! Very fun and professional."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Kathleen
"Emily was my voice student from her high school years through college (Plymouth State University). I am able to attest to her undergraduate training in c
lassical voice and to her dedication to the art of singing. Her undergraduate course work included Voice Pedagogy (the art & science of teaching singing), Lyric Diction (Italian, French, German, English), and Voice Repertory. She performed in musicals and operetta at the undergraduate level, and then went on to graduate voice work at Florida State University, from which she earned a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance. Her experiences there included main-stage operas and opera outreach. Emily began teaching, because she loved to help other singers, when she was still in high school. She continued teaching while an undergraduate and also while at Florida State. She is highly qualified and has much to share with her students that will help them to grow as singers and also keep their voices healthy.."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Kylie
"Lena is a very gifted teacher and I recommend her without reservation for both child and adult learners. Her greatest strength is her learner-centered ins
You can rely on Lena to turn up on time, be prepared with lesson hand-outs tailored to your needs, make lesson time fun, provide age- and skill- appropriate instruction and be kind, patient, and encouraging.
Lena is reliable, flexible with lesson scheduling and easy to contact when needed. Her knowledge of music theory is impressive as is her understanding of the physics of music production. She is also an excellent clarinetist."
Buffalo, NY teacher:
Review by john
"Highly recommend this guy. Very knowledgeable and very patient!"
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
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should eventually, have a drum set at home for this service, or whatever percussion instrument they wish to learn. However, we can start the first 6 months with a pair of sticks and a practice pad (under $50).
*** Specialties ***
On drum set, I teach many genres, several world music styles, classical, rock, jazz, etc.
I have a studio in Washington Heights as well as one in Yonkers that are equipped with drum set, hand drums, a 5 octave marimba, keyboard, snare drum, etc.
I have a very prestigious marimba/vibraphone background. I teach four
mallet grip- both Stevens (main) and Burton (secondary, but always for vibes).
I have placed students at the Juilliard PreCollege, New School, LaGuardia Arts, Manhattan School of Music Precollege, NYU, among others.
I specialize in special needs education, having had several students over the years with Autism, ADD, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc. (also group classes).
I teach theory, and I can help with reading. All of my students, even those who claim to have struggled with reading, do read well after a few months with me. I also specialize in rudiments and healthy, efficient (speedy!) hand technique for snare drum.
I've studied world styles including Latin/Brazilian Percussion, West African Music, Middle East Percussion, Irish Bodhran, and Indian Tabla.
I have a rich and extensive educational background, but I focus on enjoyment of music making, and I have a firm, but very friendly approach. Fun is paramount, but you have the most fun when you put in the work to have the skills to excel. I am realistic and understand the demands of adult work life, so I help my adult students work out schedules to get results in the limited time available.
I hold recitals twice a year for my students in a supportive environment. Children/teenagers especially, look forward and work hard towards this goal.
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.
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!
My name is Justin, and I've been heavily involved in music for over ten years. I started playing guitar in 2003 I picked up bass and other instruments over the next few years & I became an integral part of my high school band; often playing every instrument I knew how to play in one concert. I also began to teach guitar & bass during my high school years. After finishing high school, I attended Berklee College of Music; achieving my Bachelors Degree in Guitar Performance after graduating this year. I'm a hard-working individual and I'm very dedicated to my craft, whether I'm teaching or perfor
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