Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Richard
"Francis is a fantastic instructor. He is very patient and knowledgeable. My friends asked me to play bass guitar in their rock band so I needed to learn f
ast. Francis taught me the basics and quickly moved on to tips and tricks to help me advance. I am having a blast."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Myra
Excellent experience! Skills, professionalism, communication, and reliability are second to none!"
Oklahoma City, OK teacher:
Review by Taylor
"This first lesson was very good. This was all about finding out what my daughter has learned thus far in playing her instrument. The instruction was ver
y clear and the location was easy to get to. She was even given exercises to practice at home for the next lesson. Over all, I am very pleased with this first lesson."
Washington, DC teacher:
Wilma Evangeline B.
Review by Sean
"Very patient with my easily distracted son."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Leslie
"Shayna is awesome
My son has taken lessons with Shayna and although we have to take a break due to financial reasons, I can't say enough good about Shayn
a. My son LOVES her and usually he talks and doesn't want to do things someone elses way but with Shayna he followed what she asked and she made incredible progress with him in a very short period of time. She was patient with him and had a wonderful way to get him to learn necessary things without him realizing it. She was able to keep him focused and very interested. I would highly recommend Shayna to any parent that is looking for a teacher for his/her child. We will rebook with Shayna soon."
Providence, RI teacher:
Review by Carol
"Monique is a great find in the Bay Area of Houston!
Monique has been coming to our house to give my girls voice lessons for several months now. Both my g
irls love her and she is very good with them. She is very professional, on time and communicative. She goes above and beyond to find songs that fit each of my daughters' personalities and pushes them to do more and be better. We are so excited that we found such a great teacher in our area, which is known for not having a whole lot of anything, even though we are a suburb of Houston!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Cherry
"Andrew is fantastic! I am a very uncoordinated female in my mid 30's who had this crazy dream to play the drums. My first lessons with Andrew started in a
group class setting with ages ranging from 8 to OLD! Andrew had the ability to cater to all our needs so we can understand in our own way no matter what age. By the end of those group sessions I was able to read drum music and play basic beats. I then started taking private lessons with him where he was teaching me to play along with songs, make my own beats, and pretty much just jam. I had a blast learning from him. He is extremely patient and will break it down for you step by step until you understand the fundamentals, mechanics, rhythms, and patterns. He's versatile and was teaching me different styles of music from Rock and Hip Hop, Latin to Reggae. He moved away from the LA area and I have NOT found a teacher on the same level as Andrew. For any females or parents out there concerned, Andrew is very professional and personable. Rest assured he is not creepy and has the best interest for all his students. I can't recommend this guy enough!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Amy
"Zoe is a good teacher! My daughter likes the lessons because Zoe is friendly and patient with her. Zoe's young age combined with her never ending patience
make her a good fit for us."
Cookeville, TN teacher:
Review by David
"David identifies with many levels of guitar instruction and is good at tailoring lesson to each individual on their level. He is very versatile and easy t
Mezzo-soprano Rachel Abrams has captured audiences throughout the United States with her rich and warm timbre, beautiful blend, and dynamic stage presence. A native of Stockton, California, Rachel was born into a musical family and quickly developed an affinity for the performing arts. She first fell in love with classical music as an oboist and gradually found her niche as a singer through her passion for languages, literature, and theater. In the fall of 2012, she relocated to Connecticut where she continues to be an active performer of opera, oratorio, art song, crossover, and new music.
Formerly a soprano, Ms. Abrams has been featured with multiple companies throughout New England. Most recently, she captured audiences as the First Niece in Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes and Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music with Madison Lyric Stage, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance with the Greater Meriden Concert Chorale, with Hartford Opera Theater as Miss Paige in Boston based composer Dan Shore’s An Embarrassing Position, Mrs. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music, and the premiers of Christopher McCormick’s opera In A Grove and Miss Romano in Jeremy Beck’s I Can Hardly Wait!. She has also performed the role of Peep Bo in The Mikado and as Casillda in scenes from The Gondoliers with the Simsbury Light Opera Company, with Greater Worcester Opera and the 4th Wall Stage Company in Massachusetts.
Prior to moving to Connecticut, Rachel lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where she frequently performed with the St. Louis Symphony as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. She has also performed with Winter Opera St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. In 2012, Ms. Abrams had the opportunity to be a sponsored young artist with Winter Opera St. Louis where she performed the role of Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, covered Musetta in La Bohème, and performed in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical review: A Grand Night for Singing. Ms. Abrams has also performed with Opera Fort Collins, Loveland Opera Theater, Victorian Lyric Opera, and Opera Classica Europa in Bad Schwalbach, Germany as an apprentice artist. Additional operatic credits include: Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Giannetta in L’Elisir d’Amore, Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fanny in Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio.
No stranger to the concert stage, Ms. Abrams has performed in numerous concerts, oratorios, and recitals throughout the United States. She has performed the mezzo-soprano solos in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. A passionate performer of Jewish music, Ms. Abrams was featured as a soloist in Martin Bresnick’s puppet opera, Der Signál, with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra during the 10th Annual Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture at Charter Oak Cultural Center in October of 2014.
As an active performer of art song, Ms. Abrams has collaborated with various musicians throughout the New England region to create diverse and accessible art song recitals. In the fall of 2014, Rachel and pianist Andrew King performed an art song recital throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts titled Songs of Land and Sea. This recital consisted of works by Schubert, Fauré, Rorem, and Rachmaninoff and was received with great acclaim. In April of 2015, Ms. Abrams and pianist Michael Korman presented a recital featuring the works of Schönberg, Ruth Schönthal, Previn, and Weill with the Maurice Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Hartford.
In addition to being a passionate performer and collaborator, Rachel is a private music educator dedicated to the success of her students. Ms. Abrams maintains a private studio of voice students out of her home in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her private teaching studio, Ms. Abrams teaches Musical Discovery courses at the Farmington Valley Academy Montessori in Avon and Introduction to Musical Theater and Group Voice classes at The Arts Place in Cheshire.
Before opening her own private studio in Connecticut, Ms. Abrams lived in St. Louis, Missouri where she taught throughout the region. While in Missouri, she served as an Adjunct Voice Instructor/Lecture Professor at East Central College and a Private Voice and Music Instructor at St. John's School of the Arts.
In addition to her teaching experience in the Missouri area, Rachel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado where she was an assistant instructor for Music Survey and Music and World Cultures classes.
*** Specialties *** I teach classical technique, specially focusing on proper resonance and breath control. This method can be highly useful to broadway, jazz, popular or any other style of singing.
I am a Musical Director who has scored original music for many motion pictures and television and was musical arranger for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. I've scored and arranged original music for several television shows including, Desperate Housewives, MTV's Making the Band, It's Showtime at the Apollo and numerous series on PBS, A & E and Disney, . I have also served as on-set vocal and piano coach for many Disney TV series.
As a piano instructor, I believe in giving every student a foundation in classical music.. I enjoy teaching and playing Jazz and pop as well.
I've worked with
students ages 5-90. I simply love the teaching process and respect every student's journey. Mixing structure and discipline with a positive teaching style, I work to inspire students to be their best within a well structured curriculum that is fun and engaging.
Music must be fun...always!
*** Lesson Details *** My students see progress. I don't believe in cookie-cutter instruction. I take the time to learn a students individual comprehension of the musical language and their learning style. I also build a practice schedule that is realistic and creates growth. Music instruction should not feel like a burden, but should be joyful. It's a process I have respected. Whether you are 90 or 9, you can learn music, love music and feel its presence by playing an instrument or singing. My job is to communicate that joy and show you how you can do it for yourself.
Learning to master a musical instrument is a two way commitment and I will always give you my full effort as I love the results.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a digital upright piano for piano and vocal instruction.
*** Travel Equipment *** I will provide the lesson material and help students with purchasing the right method books.
*** Specialties *** For beginning Piano-Intermediate, I have embraced the James Bastien series, as I believe it paces the young student and builds a foundation on a musical and pedagogical level. Vocally, I follow a classical technique, but use that foundation as a basis to meet the goals of the singer for the style they want to achieve.
Judy C. November 2, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Steven is very nice and attentive with my 9 years old son. He is very patient and creative with children. He is also very professional and organized. My son loves to play piano now. I would highly recommend him to give him a try.
I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I can help you get there. My studio is a spacious and equipped learning environment designed with the guitarist in mind.
James October 3, 2015
Acoustic Guitar ·
Tim is teaching my son guitar. I am extremely pleased on how my son's guitar playing is progressing. He looks forward to his lessons every week.
Derek D. May 5, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
very patient in helping me relearn some key basic knowledge and helping me realize what exactly i needed to focus on. He helped me improve my overall technique of the way i play.
Jeff G. June 25, 2014
Bass Guitar ·
Tim came recommended from a friend. I had been playing guitar and bass for close to 20 years, without ever taking a single lesson. I'd been focusing on bass for the last 10 years, and decided that I wanted to take my bass playing to the next level - theory, reading music, etc.
Fast forward a year later, and I'm reading and learning music not only from sheet music, but from jazz charts - something I hadn't even imagined going in. I've gained a new appreciation for the music as a result.
Everyone that knows me well has commented on the improvement in my overall bass playing, from the wife to people who I've spent years jamming with. In short, if you're looking to expand your abilities, you can't go wrong with Tim.
Guitarist Numan S. studied Music at Central Connecticut State University, Graduating in 2003. Throughout his musical journey he has studied with famous musicians/instructors (Miami Sound Machine Guitarist) in the Northeast area. Numan S. has been a private guitar and bass instructor since 1998. He has performed in many bands within many genres/styles of music from Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Pop. Doing 250+ shows. Numan has had 20+ years experience playing in rock/pop, jazz and country bands in the Northeast and Southwest USA. He currently plays in music projects in the Hartford, CT area. He is an
enthusiastic and patient teacher who enjoys helping his students master their craft in music, guitar and bass. Students can expect to learn music theory and utilize lessons from using tools from guitar instruction method booklets, and written lessons provided by the instructor, for example, music theory, chords, scales, sight reading, improvisation, picking techniques, teach guitar tablature, songwriting and lyric writing. Lessons will also incorporate having the student learn their favorite songs, and how to create their own songs. Other training is also available including: Computer Recording, Digital Audio/MIDI, DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) creation, amp setups, guitar equipment, guitar setups and modifications, repairs, music industry knowledge, etc. Equipment: Its expected that the student have their own guitar, bass and notation notebook for lessons. Numan S. specializes in Metal, Rock, Blues, Pop, and Jazz.
Jon July 4, 2015
Numan is the real deal. I spent years putting off taking guitar lessons as I've never been the best student. A friend of mine recommend Numan and I thought I'd give him a try. His teaching style is very patient and thorough. He does not get frustrated and works with me at my pace. He's also the best guitar player I've ever known. In just a few months I'm playing at a level I never thought I'd be able to. I cannot recommend Numan enough.
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I am a great crocheter with the patience to teach. On top of learning how to crochet in my classes I will introduce beginner pattern reading so you can learn how to read patterns. Patterns are important so scarves, booties, baby clothes, bibs, hats, etc. can be made. Crocheting is a great stress reliever and a phenomenal way to unwind at the end of the day. Contact me today to book your crochet class.
Laura September 22, 2015
Rebecca is a wonderful instructor. She was very patient and professional. Thanks to her, I am on.my way to crocheting my grandson his very first scarf
Studies have shown that children who study music perform better in other subjects than their peers. One of the reasons for this boost is the creative thinking skills that music teaches. Even if you don't have formal music training, there are many things you can do to build a love for music in your child. It's never too early to start - even newborns enjoy listening to soothing lullabies. Below, check out of the different types of songs to sing that can encourage creativity in your toddler, presc …
7 Songs to Sing With Your Kids to Encourage Creativity
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