Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Jay
"My two sons 9 and 7 studied piano with Viva for 2 years. She is so much fun, so patient and so wonderfully good with children. My sons started piano with
Viva and love playing and performing since the first lesson. My older son took lessons first, and because he would not get off the piano, my younger son wanted to take up piano too. They play duets now at home and look forward to going to piano lessons and performing for people once in a while. Really made the best choice in selecting Viva!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Barry
"She has helped me tremendously! We have a good time learning and laughing during my lessons with her. She had also helped me to stop listening to what oth
ers think about my voice and focus on believing in myself as I learn and progress. Risks l thanks"
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Rosa
Jennifer is awesome! She teaches two of my children, ages 11 and 14, and they love her. She is very patient and friendly with them. She has great t
eaching kills. My kids are learning so much from her. The most important thing is that they are having fun as they learn. What else can I say....she is amazing. :)"
Modesto, CA teacher:
Review by Noah
"Excellent. Matt was great at connecting with my son. Looking forward to him continuing to teaching him."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Arpine
"I have had a great experience taking lessons with Ariel. She is a great teacher and makes everything so easy to understand and do. I do highly recommend h
er to those who wish to improve their singing and take it to the next level!!!! :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Yvonne
"My daughter Syncere (13 yrs. old), is taking the voice lessons. She is excited every week and ready for her lesson. As Michele said to Syncere, she has a
big voice and Michele is greatly helping my daughter to control her voice is a healthy way, as well as understand the importance of not straining her voice to get great results. I am grateful to have found her."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Charles
"Charles has been a wonderful piano teacher to my son. He is a gifted and skilled pianist. His knowledge and patience is evident at each lesson. We are luc
ky to have found him!
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Marvin
"Mr. Heath is a great teacher. He was accommodating, very friendly, extremely knowledgeable and an absolute joy to be around. I strongly recommend him."
Terry P. is a composer, producer, and a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and piano. He has been teaching all types of people at all levels for over eight years at Axis Music Academy in Southfield, and has taught over 8,000 lessons. Terry has a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in Composition and Theory from Wayne State University. In 2012, Terry was awarded the prestigious Kresge Arts Fellowship in the performing arts category. This is Terry's bio from the Kresge Arts In Detroit website:
Terry had already started making a lasting impact on the local rock scene â in hi
s influence over other artists and his musical innovations â prior to studying music composition at Wayne State University. Terry has used this classical training toward his goal of elevating the musical consciousness of popular music audiences by exposing them to compositional techniques they would otherwise never hear without listening to classical music. Terry, a multi-instrumentalist, has focused his efforts on the exploration of these techniques in contemporary genres, specifically progressive metal. In recent years, he has employed himself as a private instructor and has started scoring music for film.
*** Lesson Details *** I make sure that lessons are fun for the student, and that the student is learning material that they like. At the same time, I make sure that my students become well-rounded musicians by teaching them skills in reading and music theory. Lessons are tailored to the student, and my approach varies with everyone I teach. I will fast-track you toward your goal while supplementing your lesson experience with exposure to new things that will challenge you in a fun way. I have learned to play almost every instrument and will teach just about anything, although I am strongest with the piano and guitar. I am open to teaching all ages, all genres/styles, and have even taught students with various disabilities. My extensive training also makes me a good tutor for undergraduate music students taking classes in ear-training and theory. Beginning students should expect to be playing a handful of their favorite songs after studying with me for a few months, and as well they will have a basic understanding of reading notes on the instrument, and a basic understanding of music theory fundamentals. Advanced students will find that they are continually inspired and challenged.
*Special note about locations taught*
I am centered in Ferndale, but would like to keep my travels north of 8 mile road. If you live south of 8 mile but still feel that you live in a safe neighborhood, we can deal with locations on a case by case basis.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide my own instrument and practice amp. for guitar/bass, the student must have their own instrument and amp. piano students must have their own piano and drum students must have their own drum kit. I can bring books and other materials and may recommend that students buy certain books etc.
*** Specialties *** For piano, I specialize in classical, and can teach anyone from 5-year-old beginners to advanced players. I can teach any style. For guitar, I specialize in metal and progressive rock. I can teach any ability level and any style.
William M. September 28, 2014
In home Verified Student
Starting off really well even though Terry's main instrument is not drums he strikes me as being proficient in all of the instruments he teaches. A really nice guy.
Ben B. August 6, 2014
I have worked with Terry for 5 years and I have had nothing but a positive experience working with him. Terry always makes lesson fun while challenging me and pushing me to become a better musician. Working with Terry I have learned about music theory, music history, songwriting, and guitar performance. You will be had pressed to find a teacher who cares about their students as much as Terry does. He works to make you the best you can be and takes pride in the fact that he turns out great musicians. Terry made me the musician I am today and I am very thankful to have worked with such a wonderful teacher. Whether you are a serious musician that wants to take their playing to the next level or a learning a new instrument, you can not go wrong working with Terry.
Cameron T. July 28, 2014
In home Verified Student
Terry is a great instructor. He will custom tailor the lesson to your needs and teach you how to play guitar the way you want. In the year I have been working with him I have learned how to play many songs and made improvements in rhythm, picking, and dynamics. He can transcribe music or help you use your ear to do it yourself. During lessons Terry will discover and correct bad habits
Terry isn't just another instructor that gives you some homework and prays for the best. He is passionate about music and will teach you to play better.
I received my degree from the University of Utah in instrumental music education. Along with specialized training in band and orchestra instruments, I also offer lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica in playing and performance. When a student has a song they want to learn, I focus lessons around the requested song. I also have an extensive library of songs that I utilize. My music methodology is built around a song book that also has a CD attached. This has proven to be a lot of fun for all my students. It makes practice time more fun as they "play along" with the CD.
son Details *** With folk instruments I start by teaching the student basic chords and basic chord sequences. In the beginning I stress the proper hand position and I spend some time perfecting the best finger position. This eliminates a lot of problems that will come up later. For the first songs I teach them songs that use those same chords and chord sequences. Soon after that I teach them how to read music. This is vital to being able to play lead on any folk instrument. As the student progresses he or she is exposed to many different styles of music I also will teach several different picking and strumming patterns. .The student is also taught about more advanced chord progressions and music theory that can be used in any situation.
For brass instruments I teach techniques in developing breath control and embouchure development. Attention to these details will eliminate problems that could come up in the future. The student will learn how to read music from the start. As the student develops these basic techniques I begin working on tone development and breath support. As the student progresses he or she will be exposed to many different musical styles. During the past two years I have been working for the Clark County School District as a Para Pro. I help students that need extra help to be more successful on their instrument. I specialize in teaching the lower brass family. That is the Tuba, Trombone and the Baritone. I also train new teachers in the lower brass family if the new teachers has no experience when they first start out.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room: Instruments, bookshelves, open space, additional seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can rent a guitar/banjo. I can provide an amplifier. I can provide PA and analog recording equipment.
*** Specialties *** Developed method for teaching very young students as well as adolescents and adults.
Folk music Popular music
Heather H. July 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
He's very patient and kind. He seems to be enthusiastic about her progress. Definitely recommend!
Isaiah S. July 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great introduction lesson looking forward to what's to come.
Justin L. June 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I have been active in the entertainment industry since the age of 12, when I gave my first professional performance. Prior to that I was already being introduced to music with years of guitar, and then vocal instruction. I do not remember a time of my life when I was not singing somewhere; in the house, in the yard, in the classroom. That is perhaps why I identify so well with the young people who gather so much enjoyment from "just singing" at every opportunity. I studied professionally for over 10 years with renown soprano and voice teacher Sylvia Jensen, who was instrumental in the enhancem
ent of my vocal knowledge and technique. She is now the Director of Education for the Miss Ohio pageants of the Miss America competitions, elevating many young ladies to the national spotlight. At age 14, I auditioned for, and was added to cast of a network television variety program, "The Gene Carroll Show", that was a television institution for over 30 years in the Midwest. I was a featured performer on that program for over 7 years, all the while perfecting the art of "playing to a camera." This experience was invaluable, and the knowledge I gathered is now included in my curriculum. I also began performing a solo act in the nightclub circuit at the age of 15, performing up and down the "north coast" from Cleveland, OH, (my home), to Erie. PA. At a very young age, I learned the difficult art of choosing musical material and pacing a show; also adapting to performing under a myriad of conditions with a vast array of musical accompaniment. After graduating college with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, I assembled my own band, and took to the road. That experience eventually brought the act to Las Vegas in 1982. Over the years my show has been a staple in major casino cabarets in Las Vegas, and all over Nevada. Since my first engagement at The Landmark Hotel in the early 1980's, I have literally been up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip many times over. The Desert Inn, The Dunes, The Stardust, The Maxim, The Tropicana, New York New York, Mandalay Bay, MGM, Bally's, The Flamingo, The Imperial Palace, The Four Queens, The Golden Nugget, The Fremont, The Venetian, The Palazzo, and a three year engagement at The Riviera. My show is truly comprised of musical variety; classics, show tunes, jazz, rock, blues, r&b, country. Even a presentation of "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, that I perform in full costume. It is this ability to successfully deliver an extensive repertoire that I am enthusiastic about passing along to the next generation of entertainers.
I have been truly blessed in my career to have experienced so many highlights; too many to document. From winning an understudy roll in the Broadway Musical "Platinum" starring Hollywood actress Alexis Smith, to performing our National Anthem at events ranging from Major League Baseball to ESPN Boxing to receptions for major dignitaries, to recording 7 albums and a full-length video, to being asked to perform for Mr. Frank Sinatra at the Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament, I have lived a full life on stage, learning and absorbing every bit of knowledge gathered along the way. Now it is my desire to escalate my status as an educator to a more "one on one" experience; availing myself the opportunity to pass along that wealth of knowledge to individual students who aspire to enjoy the entertainment profession as I have, providing them with the skills needed to successfully compete. Or, should it be their choice not to pursue entertainment as a vocation, to gain a working understanding of all facets of their instrument so as to gain a better appreciation of music. Whatever the goal of the student, I feel that I am equipped to provide them with the tools needed to achieve that goal.
*** Lesson Details *** Content of Sessions
Generally, the first 10-15 minutes of each lesson will be focused on vocal warm up and exercise. (For guitar students, we will review the previous week's assignment). For Vocal Students, it is understood that the voice mechanism is made up of muscles, and as an athlete prepares for a sporting event, a singer must prepare to vocalize. It is at this time in our lesson when the student will develop good habits of voice maintenance, which will serve them well throughout their careers. The proper care and preservation of the vocal unit cannot be stressed enough, especially for pubescent and pre-pubescent students. Vocal chords in a developmental stage are most susceptible to damage, and because they are particularly sensitive, they must be handled with care. Our warm up regimen is designed to strengthen as well as preserve the singing voice.
I am not an advocate of getting too involved and "bogged down" in the technical aspects of singing, especially with the young students, and especially early in our program. This is not to say that breath control, tonality, pitch, etc. are not vital to good singing, because these workings are ESSENTIAL, and their application will certainly be incorporated into our studies. Some instructors, on occasion, have a tendency to lose sight of the fact that much to do with singing happens "naturally", and too much focus on the "technical" can actually be inhibiting. This can alter a beautiful, natural tone into one that is unnatural and contrived.
I adhere to the philosophy that above all else, SINGERS WANT TO SING SONGS, and musicians-in-training want to play music. That is our focus, and all of our training is conceived with that objective in mind. All the technical knowledge and coaching serves no purpose without practical application. It is my belief that the most significant progress occurs when a vocalist is singing a song.
Nearly every element of instruction can be utilized in the performance of one song. This is why the majority of our session time will be spent "in song". For the very young student, we will concentrate our efforts with the students choices of favorite and familiar songs. The older students will undoubtedly have favorite songs, styles and artists. Special attention will be paid to the genre most enjoyed by the student, but diversity will be emphasized as well, and a variety of genres will be unpacked and explored. I believe that whatever a student's musical goals and aspirations, it is in their best interest to gain knowledge and insight in all facets of music, singing, and performance.
The most vital pre-requisite for any student is their enthusiasm. My ambition will be to harness that enthusiasm and channel it productively through stimulating instruction. Our sessions will be informative and educational, but always predicated upon "having fun with music".
I am proud to feature a curriculum that emphasizes the entertainment aspect of singing as well as the technical; created to benefit all ages and experience levels, from beginner to seasoned professional. After just weeks of my "Triple Threat Training" a student will begin to see astounding results: vocally, musically, and in the art of performance. I am excited to share my knowledge with you. Let's get started!
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is equipped with a full vocal sound system with microphones that I utilize to teach the valuable art of mic technique. Young students enjoy using the mics and hearing themselves sing and perform. Since our lessons are predicated on enjoying the art of singing, this opportunity has proven invaluable. For the advanced performer, studying all aspects of amplification and what a singer should know about their stage sound is a part of our educational curriculum. My studio is furnished with the equipment that is essential to mastering that knowledge. Since the practical aspect of my course is based on singing songs, I provide all the latest technology required to allow my students the opportunity to sing the songs of their choosing, with and without the lead vocal tracks. I feel that when students are singing their favorite songs, it offers me the greatest teaching opportunities. I make certain the every musical genre can be represented, and feel I have the knowledge and ability to guide the student is whatever their musical tastes. My studio is also equipped with piano (for vocal exercises), and guitars, which gives me opportunity to accompany my students when the musical moment is appropriate. Be assured that all the technology I need to fulfill the educational needs of my students is but a step away!!
Ed Cornell August 28, 2015
Online Verified Student
My goals are to learn how to score, to put music to my verse to make a song. I hear the melody in my head but I do not play an instrument and have difficulty singing. Today, at the end of the second lesson, Glenn showed me on guitar what one of my choruses would sound like based on his take of my rendering. It was a great chorus, I am so happy!
Ethan R. August 18, 2015
Online Verified Student
Glenn is really great. We are Skype challenged from our end, but love his enthusiasm, and energy.
Aaron C. August 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Awesome! After one lesson he has already started to develop me from singer to performer!
I absolutely love music and my goal is to help my students learn to love and appreciate music as well. I am a graduate of Umass Lowell's Music Education program. I began playing at the age of 6 and haven't been able to stop. I've taught private piano for the last 12 years as well as group lessons. Most of my experience is with beginning students, but I teach all levels. My experiences in my past private lessons as well as in the teaching program at Umass have helped me to understand my students and how to help them reach their goals.
*** Lesson Details *** I work with my students to
help them set and achieve their goals. Each lesson is designed and prepped to meet each student's individual needs. I believe in integrating theory, history, ear training, and technique into each lesson to develop musicianship and an overall knowledge of the subject rather than just learning to play. I have high expectations for my students, yet I am patient and understanding. At times lessons may be challenging, but they will also be fun!
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the students to have a keyboard/piano appropriate to their level of playing for us to have our lesson on. I will provide any books or supplementary material that may be needed. Any books purchased specifically for that student will need to be reimbursed.
*** Specialties *** Teaching young beginners and elementary age children.
Rachell R. August 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 2 daughters have been taking lessons with Christine for many years. They really enjoy the time spent with her. She is an excellent teacher. Very dependable.
Susan P. August 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
She is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. I like her a lot.
Nichole S. October 30, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Christine is fantastic. Very patient with my son. She is always on time and gives him complete attention. He looks forward to his lessons. Highly recommend her.
Andrew is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, percussion, backing vocals) who settled in Las Vegas in 2013. After graduating from Musicians Institute in 2008, he wrote a collection of acoustic guitar pieces licensed to The Weather Channel, then spent 5 years working as a show musician and top-40 musician for 3 cruise lines. Upon arrival in Sin City, Andrew co-founded the local band “Tin Toy Cars” which consists of various Cirque du Soleil musicians from 2 shows. The band has completed their debut album, due out in October 2015, and members are currently endorsed by We
ber instruments. They are set to share the stage with "Blues Traveler" on October 22nd, 2015 at The Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas. Andrew also owns an arranging and publishing company, Mojave Sun Sound, which produces arrangements and sheet music for various members of Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, some local Las Vegas performers, and a few cruise ship entertainers. He is also the founder and director of the non-profit organization “Band Together Music Charities." The organization provides free music lessons to children from families falling under Federal Poverty Guidelines, and employs local professionals at rates outlined by The Las Vegas Musicians Union, allowing instructors to contribute to their health plans and pension funds. Andrew also teaches a few weekly lessons and plays Sunday evenings at Las Vegas’s “Family Worship Arts Center.” During the lessons, Andrew uses the same software as his professionally arranged sheet music, to keep a journal for each student as they learn, and the journal is regularly emailed to the student as a PDF file. He also includes video examples on the take lessons website for every instrument that he advertises teaching, for the benefit of perspective students, and is happy to answer any questions through the Take Lessons platform. *** Lesson Details *** Music Theory (Building Scales, Harmonizing Scales into Chords) Ear Training Single String Concepts (Scales, Arpeggios, Intervals) Rhythm Concepts (Chords, Blending with a Band) Learning Songs Writing Licks, Lines, Chord Progressions, Charts, and Songs Techniques (Pick vs. Fingers vs. Hybrid Picking) Acoustic vs. Electric vs. Nylon String Slide and Steel Guitar Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, and Other Doubling Instruments Playing in a Stylistically Appropriate Manner Choosing the Right Equipment for the Gig or Project Music Reading How to Practice How to Market Yourself to Acquire Work
*** Studio Equipment *** various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo. A few different amplifiers, and many different pieces of effect and accessory equipment.
*** Travel Equipment *** various electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, ukulele, banjo.
*** Specialties *** All Contemporary Styles (Rock, Blues, Country and Country Rock, Mo-Town, Jazz, Latin, Latin Jazz, Fusion, Metal and Tapping Style, Theater)
Jonathan U. August 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Andrew is incredible. He is a master motivator, extremely skilled at playing and instructing, and absolutely wonderful to be around. Andrew is great at meeting me where I am - he teaches me important music theory and fundamentals about the instrument, but he does it while helping me learn to play music that I love. Andrew is very creative - if I am in a rut, he finds new angles to try and he is always really encouraging. I've come to regard my lessons with Andrew as a highlight of my week. I'd never want another instructor!
Justin L. August 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great teacher, very knowledgable. Gets you playing right away. Integrates music theory while playing to give you a stronger understanding.
Nicholas July 19, 2015
Online Verified Student
really fun light lessons gives you just enough to work on till the next lesson
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