Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Britt
Ryan is amazing with our 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son. His level of patience in teaching such a young age group really shows. The
lessons are fun and age appropriate. He manages to keep their attention and teach them at the same time. My daughter loves when he lets her compose her own silly sings, not knowing that while having fun she is actually learning the piano. And my son who struggles with attention is able to complete the lesson and retain what he has learned because of Ryan's methods. Ryan is also very professional, timely and flexible with our schedule."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Lynette
"A teacher who is more than great~
I like Alison very much when we just met each other. And, to be frank, it was not because of her fabulous performance,
and the intelligible teaching skills since I actually had no idea with those yet at that time. Indeed, it is all about the elegant, charming temperament of her. I felt like be taught by a cellist, and that gave me more confidence with the teaching quality. Then, as expected, Alison did a extremly great job on leading me into the world of cello. She not only taught very accurate on the technique of playing, but also taught me to play with an inner peace. Especially, she always likes to give a commendation rather than to criticize. That, for a very beginner, is a very important and precious teaching methodology, at least for just me, since it helped to built the self-confident and personal interest on study. In a word, thanks to Alison, I learned cello fast and joyfully. I do really appreciate the wonderful learning experience she brought to me. Hope that'd be helpful."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Daxton
"Mike is an amazing teacher and all around person.
Mike is an awesome drum teacher. I have been taking lessons from him for a couple months now and he has
made me able to do much more than I expected. He is very organized with an endless amount of different worksheets and charts to work on that challenge you just enough. He is a nice person and is fun to be around, I wouldn't take drum lessons from anyone other than mike."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Betty
"Great teacher for beginners and advance
My 4-year daughter has never been to school so I thought it would be a challenge to have her first lessons to be
in a PIANO class. But she is doing well because Ms Sandra made it easy and fun for her. At the same time my elder daughter who is more advance had stopped for 3 years. Transision was easy and she is catching up fas because she enjoyed Ms Sandra's lessons. Over all I am very please with her teaching technique. Very passionate in what she's doing. It really shows that her first GOAL is for her students to learn and appreciate good music. I would recommend."
Richmond, VA teacher:
Review by Zach
Very good teacher! Chris is very skilled with the accordion and has lots of patience for beginners! Lessons are held in the garage, whi
ch has been adapted into his studio. It could be cleaner feeling, but it's also nice because i don't feel like my practice is bothering anyone. My favorite thing about Chris's teaching style is that he always incorporates 10-15 mins of improvisation once we have gone through the new songs and notes each lesson. As difficult as this is as a beginning player, starting this early definitely helps build confidence in my ability to play melodichly . Overall, Chris is a fantastic teacher whom I would recommend to Beginers and advanced musicians alike"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Matthew
"Just an all-around pleasure!
Eva is an incredible vocal coach as well as a confidence coach. The things she taught me and had me do not only strengthened
my ability as a singer, but made me more comfortable with developing my own voice and performing in front of others.
She is also very personable and flexible in helping me with whatever I want to do. She isn't the type to try and cram material down your throat that doesn't interest you or in some way help you to get where you want to go.
I always look forward to my next lesson and wish that I could afford longer ones because I feel like I'm constantly growing whenever I'm there."
Louisville, KY teacher:
Review by John
"Excellent Musician and Teacher
Michael is the ultimate professional musician and guitarist. He's very well versed in many styles of music, including Clas
sical, Jazz, Country, Blues and Rock. He's very responsible. easy going and takes care to assure that his student's get the best in quality guitar instruction. I highly recommend Michael for all of your guitar instructional needs. You will be very pleased with the outcome!"
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Alex
I had taught myself guitar in college, and haven't really played much since. I decided to get back into it, and Aaron has been an ou
tstanding teacher. I can pretty much read tab and learn songs on my own, but with Aaron, we break down the theory behind the songs. This is a great way to learn because I'm learning theory in the context of learning all these different songs that I love. He is also teaching me things like scales and improvisation, all within the context of the songs I choose. This type of learning makes classes REALLY fun.
Aaron is patient, flexible, easy-going and highly knowledgable. All of which adds up to an excellent teacher. I can't recommend him highly enough!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Antonio
2 years later and still going strong. Ian is the best."
I have been teaching piano to students of all ages for the past 26 years. I studied piano at St. Bonaventure University under Laura Peterson. I have accompanied many in talent shows, and competitions. I presently play the piano at our church. I have taught students that have gone on to higher learning in piano. Some of my students have competed in nationwide festivals and placed well. They have entered local and statewide contests. They placed well in their categories. I believe that each student should have goals for their talent. I want to work with the student's goal to achieve t
heir very best. I believe each student is a unique individual who will become a performer according to the practice that they put into it I am looking for students who want to have fun while learning to play the piano.
*** Lesson Details *** Each beginning student will receive a curriculum that fits them best. I use a variety of curriculum. If the student already has begun in a curriculum we can continue to use that one if it fits their goals appropriately. Each student will learn how to play the piano and the theory behind the music. We will do games to reinforce the lesson. We also learn scales and arpeggios and chords and how they fit together. I expect at least 5 days of practice to progress consistently at their ability level. They will keep track of practice in an online journal. Usually if the student follows the recipe of consistent practice they should finish each year's curriculum as scheduled. I include motivational activities we do as a group once a unit is finished. Some students finish before one year is up and are able to start the next level which is very exciting for them. I encourage them to play for variety shows, fairs, church and other public places to help them with performance . Its great to see their faces shine and the confidence they show once the student connects with the piano and learns their first song. The other exciting thing I love to see is when a student comes to a difficult challenge and we break it down so they can actually learn the difficulty and experience success!!! Wow what a motivation!!! The student then learns that they can get over hurdles not only in piano but in life too.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano in a designated music room with a library full of music. Space for integrated games from the lesson
*** Specialties *** My specialties are really motivating students to have fun learning to play the piano. We learn to read the notes, relate sound and express ourselves through the beauty playing the piano. I am willing to use a variety of styles to help students learn to play the piano such as classical, rock , pop, hymn, jazz and more through the variety of method books such as Alfred, Bastien, Faber and Faber, and more.
I have taught Autistic children ages 8-15 who have a high recommendation. I also have taught a Down Syndrome girl.
Linda J. September 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
I am really enjoying my lessons with Renee.
Shawn Tamara V. February 21, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Renee is a very enthusiastic, kind teacher, and has a way of breaking things down to where they can be understood. She is very sensitive to the student, so a lesson is not generic- she pays attention to the student, not just the books. A great teacher!
Stacy R. August 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She makes it exciting and fun for the kids to learn. Incentives to learn. Great rapport! Personable and pleasant. My daughter is excited for the lessons. All positive! I'm very happy we found her. Absolutely recommend!
Nick comes from a family of four generations of music in the GREEK/Balkan repertoire. He graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a concentration in Music Composition in December of 2009. Currently teaching and performing professionally, Nick enjoys all styles of music, but has been declared as an "old soul" by many of his friends. He enjoys playing lots of Motown, funk, and jazz, but is proficient in Classical, Rock, and Blues as well. When not playing music (rarely), he is a Board member for the GivingBackPack Foundation which provides school supplies to underprivileged children.
Nick's dedication to education is shown through his music and his personal volunteer hours, he feels his diverse background gives his students an advantage to a broader perspective of music and theory.
*** Lesson Details *** I set an individual curriculum based on students needs, wants and aspirations. We will focus on proper technique, theory, musicianship and sightreading to become a better all around musician. After a few months of lessons, you will have the proper fundamentals to grow as a musician and discover the art of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** All necessities on site.
*** Specialties *** I am well versed in many styles, I have played professionally and teach, ALL forms of Rock, Jazz, Blues, World (ethnic musics), Pop, Acoustic, Folk, and most other styles.
Katherine Carter January 24, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I hadn't played the trumpet in 30 years. My first lesson with Nicholas was like starting from scratch. He is very knowledgeable, polite, professional, and definitely patient. I feel that that homework Nicholas assigned was spot on. I'm playing better already after only two days. I would certainly recommend him to a friend.
Justin G. August 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nicholas really tailored the lessons to what I needed. They weren't cookie-cutter lessons, and I appreciated that. He answered all the questions I had, and helped me understand some concepts that I never would have gotten just learning online. I definitely recommend him as a teacher.
Enoch B. July 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nicholas was very patient, took the time to write down information that was helpful (very helpful). Nicholas understood where I was in reference to me knowing nothing about the guitar and he is very knowledgeable with the music trade. He was very clear and kept things simple. I truly enjoy his instructions, can't wait for the next lesson.
Hi, my name is Blake C. I teach guitar, singing, piano, drums, and bass online and at my Lowell, Indiana studio.
I also teach business, grammar, math (elementary, basic, pre-algebra) writing to include essay and professional business writing.
As a doctoral student at the University of New England, I am currently studying educational leadership with an emphasis on transformative leadership. In addition, I hold a Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from the University of Mary located in Bismarck, North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from WGU Indiana
in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I have more than 26 years of experience as an executive and senior leader in the supply chain/logistics industry. Furthermore, I have nearly six years of experience consulting in business management, quality control, continuous improvement, education, and training.
During the same 26 years of my business career, I have been a professional musician - session musician and teacher. I was formally trained at the American Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Musical College, both located in Chicago. I won the Presidential Scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance at the American Conservatory of Music and another full-ride scholarship in Classical Guitar Performance to attend the Chicago Musical College.
My primary Classical Guitar Instructor at both institutions was Paul Henry. I also studied Rock Guitar with Dave Uhrich while attending both institutions and privately studied Jazz Guitar with Scott Reed. I studied voice with Audrey Evans at the American Conservatory of Music and Robert Long at the Chicago Musical College.
I have participated in Classical Guitar Master Classes with: • Hubert Kappel • Dale Kavanagh • Eleftheria Kotzia • Bruce Holzman • Stephen Aron • Raphaella Smits • Richard Provost • Nicholas Goluses • William Buonocore.
*** Lesson Details ***
I design lessons individually according to the needs and "wants" of each student. I specialize in developing and correcting technique in technique to improve the student's overall skill. Students that dedicate the time and effort each week to practicing see rapid and sustained results.
However, if you have a busy life and merely want to learn guitar for personal enjoyment, I will design your lessons to develop your skill at a pace that works for you, which can fluctuate according to your schedule.
***Young & Special Needs Students***
I teach children as young as 13 years old and adults to the age of 70 years old. When teaching younger children and individuals with special needs, it is significantly beneficial for parents to attend each lesson - I have parent seating available. When parent(s) attend lessons, the parent can assist the younger student while practicing during the week at home.
In my experience, the overall musical development and progress of younger students improve considerably when parents are involved.
***Thoughts on Musical Talent***
Musical talent is a wonderful gift, but correct technique is not easily acquired without proper instruction. Your skill level eventually plateaus and your ability to learn and perform more complicated music is inhibited, unless you have a solid foundation in music theory as it applies to your instrument(s) as well as proper technique.
I can help you build this solid foundation and will guide you through the development of musical skills; correcting flaws in technique is my specialty.
Vicki Pastore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a piano/vocal emphasis and a specialty in the field of piano pedagogy.
Vicki has over thirty five years of performing and teaching experience in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana areas. Her experience includes accompanying and directing musical theater productions, choirs, instrumentalists, and vocal soloists in school, church, and community settings.
Vicki especially likes helping students prepare for exams, auditions, and performances. It gives her great joy to watch student
s perform well, succeed, achieve their goals, and live their dreams.
Mrs. Pastore is comfortable working with students of all ages and levels. She is personable, friendly, upbeat, exciting, positive, and patient. You can tell that she loves teaching and performing.
Bailee C. October 24, 2016
In home Verified Student
Vicki is great. Very helpful. Extremely please to in instructing a novice singer!
Abel October 23, 2016
Classical Piano ·
Enjoyed my first lesson.
Kyrie September 3, 2016
In studio Verified Student
When you're learning to play an instrument, sometimes it's tough to get motivated to practice - especially if youre playing songs and exercises that dont really excite you. When you start playing your favorite songs, though, you might find yourself able to get into your music a bit more. There are many ways to find the lyrics and chords to your favorite songs, but not all of them are simple, and sometimes you might end up more frustrated trying to track down lyrics or chords than you would be …
How to Find the Lyrics and Chords for Your Favorite Songs
When you're learning to play an instrument, sometimes it's tough to get motivated to practice - especially if youre playing songs and exercises that dont really excite you. When you start playing your favorite songs, though, you might find yourself able to get into your music a bit more. There are many ways to find the lyrics and chords to your favorite songs, but not all of them are simple, and sometimes you might end up more frustrated trying to track down lyrics or chords than you would be
13 Relatable Theories About Where Guitar Picks Really Go When You Lose Them
The life of a guitarist is not all glamour and glory. Mostly, you spend your time looking for a guitar pick, you know, the one you just put down a second ago. Over the years, many explanations have arisen to explain the phenomenon of the disappearing pick, but unfortunately science has yet to give us a definitive answer.
So, in the spirit of investigation and with hopes of someday exposing the truth, here are 13 of the leading theories on what happened to your lost guitar pick.
1. It fell
Music Criticism: How To Handle a Critical Audience
Years ago, I heard my first band would be featured in the local paper and I was so excited to read the article. I hurried home to read it and found that the short blurb was far from complimentary. A public critique like that can make you want to give up. I certainly wanted to hide under my bed for a week!
However, I have learned how to handle criticism and continued to make music that makes me happy. In the time since then, I have been lucky enough to receive both criticism and positive revie
Singers, Don't Forget These 9 Items In Your Gig Bag!
Performing in front of a live audience is an amazing feeling! But to ensure a smooth, no-stress gig, preparation is key. If you're looking for tips for your first gig -- or just need a refresher -- check out this advice from Saint Augustine, FL voice teacher Heather L...
For the performing singer, there's nothing quite like having practiced your butt off for three weeks, spraying your throat every five minutes with that throat spray for singers, and running through your customized v
How to Become a Singer | Measuring Your Progress Week by Week
Learning how to become a singer -- whether you dream of selling out large arenas or simply want to feel more confident at karaoke night -- takes time and patience. If you're wondering how long exactly, read on as Orange, CA teacher Adri-Anne R. shares her insights...
When students start voice lessons, they will often ask me, "How long will I have to take lessons before I start to get better?"
I have to ask them, "How often and how long are you willing to practice?" In my experien