Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Jocelyn
"Danielle is amazing!
I took singing lessons with Danielle for about a year. She is a fantastic teacher with a ton of experience!! Danielle does an excell
ent job meeting her students where they are at and working from there to build vocal skills and confidence. Danielle really cares about what it is you are looking for in a singing lesson experience, which is awesome :) She really tailors the lessons to reflect each student. She is flexible and able to work with children, teens, and adults on accomplishing their particular vocal goals. Danielle is so full of heart and passion, anyone who is lucky enough to be her student feels her commitment to being an excellent teacher and support for you. Take vocal lessons with Danielle, you won't regret it!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Dori
"Karen is a great teacher
Karen teaches my 5 yr. old daughter violin. She loves Karen and has progressed quicker than I thought she would. Karen is very g
ood with little kids and really knows how to motivate them. My daughter looks forward to seeing her each week and is willing to work for Karen. She especially likes it when Karen plays with her. I would definitely recommend Karen as a teacher! Take Lessons makes scheduling and payments easy."
Burlington, NC teacher:
Review by Sae
"Perfect guitar teacher for all ages!
If you need a great guitar teacher, Brian Silverman is the man! Brian teaches one-on-one in a clean, private studio
in Culver City. His hours are flexible and range in length based on your desire and ability to stay focused. Brian wants to establish a love and connection to music by letting the learner choose the genre. His talent, background and achievements in guitar playing has all the bases covered from style to skill level. My 6yr old son is taking electric guitar lessons and chooses to play rock music and is learning the basics of reading music and rhythm/counting. Don't own a guitar? Brian has one available for use during the lessons until you're certain your child is ready for the commitment of owning his/her own. My son is left-handed and so is Brian, but Brian plays right-handed. Being a natural left-handed person though, Brian is able to shift easily to accommodate my son or any other lefty! Brian relates wonderfully with kids as he is a dad himself, but still has that "cool" factor from being a touring musician. Brian is ultra mellow and calm, but his enthusiasm for music definitely shines through and he really inspires and empowers my son at each lesson! I highly recommend Brian as a skilled, professional teacher as well as a trustworthy and honest individual. Rock on!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by David
"I had my first lesson with Scott last week and I am stoked I found him. He is super easy to work with and he has excellent communication skills with an ex
eptional ability to teach. I highly recommend Scott whether you are a beginner to advanced. I would characterize the lessons as engaging and fun!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Kristopher
She's absolutely amazing I couldn't ask for a better teacher she communicates in such a strong way with her student that it's unbelievable I w
ill continue to keep using her as my vocal coach no matter where I end up in my music career."
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Joe
"Learning a lot and quickly
Shane is a great instructor, he's taken the time to find out my learning style and goals. I feel he uses a very well rounded a
pproach and covers all the bases. He's super chill and easy to coordinate with for scheduling."
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Theresa
Know's a lot and makes you do it right, not just the notes, chords, etc. but he installs high notes low notes and finding the right
rhythm so that it sounds as flowing as possible, Great teacher, Thank you for the patience, Will be back I would refer my friends :)"
Tucson, AZ teacher:
Review by dorit
"Really have enjoyed working with Gregory
It has been a dream of mine to become a friend to my voice and let it delight me. Years ago I took voice lessons
and remembered how freeing that experience was. When I found Gregory and started lessons it all came back, the feeling of opening, of expansion, of joy. Gregory has taught me much about my capacity to sing, skills to develop my voice and most importantly hoe to expand out to the world through song. It has been a delight to work work with him over a two year period. He is knowledgable, sensitive and very encouraging."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Dillan
"I recommend Aaron to anyone and everyone for his services in teaching music!
I started guitar lessons with Aaron when I was 11 years old and stayed his s
tudent till I was 17!!! He has taught me so much about guitar and how to play! We would work on cover songs and a little bit about music theory. He kept the learning fun and not boring with the music theory, since I was young. He showed me the fun, musical side to playing and learning songs. But see, thats what was cool about it. Now that I'm 19 and in college studying music, I think back, if it wasn't for Aaron and the way he taught me; I might not be that into learning more about music. As I got older I started to see the puzzle pieces of music come together. There is a whole structure to writing songs and music and Aaron knew, that for me, the best way to learn was to start with songs and let my own curiosity about music be my drive and determination to learn more about it and how to write it!!! Aaron and I have stayed close friends over the years. He is still really helpful to this day because not to long ago i called him up and asked for some advice on music colleges as well as some good music books to learn from. Thats what is so cool about Aaron, he will always help his students out in the best way he can! :)"
I specialize in teaching music to ages 7 through 18 including college prep. I can prepare a high school student for college auditions (college prep) and guide adults who are serious about taking their music skills beyond tablature.
The focus is to learn how to read music, play melody and chords and progressively acquire skills as a guitarist. Music theory and rhythm study is included to round out the musicianship of the student.
With regular daily practice, and as the student becomes more accomplished, we can add other music skills, like ear-training, accompaniment/ensemble work and so
Learning an instrument teaches focus, develops self-direction, self-esteem, how to reach a goal, plus the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!
I have been a musician for over 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music and have taught guitar for over 10 years. In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.
I specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.
This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs. Children age 7 and up, properly seated with the right size guitar and under the guidance of an experienced teacher (me!) do very well.
PLEASE SPEAK TO ME before purchasing you or your child's instrument. A standard size steel string guitar is frequently difficult for a child (and some adults!) to handle.
***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***
Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!
Be aware that there are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.
*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***
Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.
Valerie November 19, 2015
Cheryl is great. This is the first time I'm taking professional guitar lessons, and I was very nervous when starting, but she made me feel comfortable. She is very patient, and even after only 4 weeks of lessons I feel that I've learned a lot and I'm very excited to continue!
Phil L. August 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My daughter Michelle learned from Cheryl since 2015 Spring. After three months, Michelle could play a song in June in front of audience in Madison Hotel, NJ. Michelle got inspired from Cheryl so much and she liked to attend guitar lessons all the time. We believe that Cheryl is an outstanding guitar teacher for any beginning guitar learner.
Phil L. August 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Cheryl is a wonderful teacher that my our 9-year-old girl loves so much to go to her lessons! She is very patient and enthusiastic. My girl is very happy to have the guitar lessons and always so wants to practice.
I started playing guitar at age 11, taking lessons at the local music studio in Hackensack, NJ. I became heavily influenced by The Beatles after hearing their music and as a teenager played in local rock groups, having some success being in the bands Jona's Ark and The Yorkshire Pudding, opening for artists Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, John Mayall and backing up Gary U.S. Bonds. I started playing piano at 19 when I took a group piano class in college. I attended Berklee College of Music and studied guitar with Bill Leavitt and Pat Metheny. That's where I started learning about all the great j
azz artists from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery to name a few. While at Berklee I also developed a love of the classical guitar and it's repertoire. After Berklee, I became a freelance musician and played guitar for The Drifters, Del Shannon, The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore and believe it or not Tiny Tim. I played guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo in productions of: Hair, Tommy, Big River, Fiddler On The Roof and Grease. I composed my own music and performed and co-wrote with others who also wrote their own music. I have always taught private guitar lessons as far back as I can remember. One notable student was Stevie Wonder's son Keita who I taught for 2 years at Stevie's home in northern New Jersey as well as CBS News Anchor Charles Osgood's daughter Annie. Currently I teach 20 private guitar students a week.. From 1994 to 2000, I was the guitarist for The Royal Scam (a Steely Dan Tribute) and during that period I was hired by Hal Leonard Music Corp. to write a guitar transcription book called "The Best of Steely Dan". I was also hired by Brother International Corp. to compose and record a national radio jingle called "P-Touch", with Corey Glover from the rock band Living Colour doing the vocal tracks. In 1996 I went to William Paterson University to obtain my teacher certification in music education. After the 9/11 attacks, I co-wrote and arranged "America Home Of The Free". The song was used to raise thousands of dollars for the victims of The World Trade Center attacks. Presently I divide my time between teaching, which I enjoy as much as performing and playing guitar with a jazz quartet called ....and All That Jazz, whose 2005 CD "Reflections" was recorded, mixed and mastered in my home based 24 track recording studio in northern NJ. I am also involved in a mandolin / classical guitar project called Music Of The Ages and perform with a 10 piece band called Epic Soul. As a teacher I am very patient with students and enjoy helping them reach their own musical goals. I emphasize knowing the basics and encourage students to study music theory and basic reading of standard notation. I always ask my students to bring in songs they want to learn as a way to motivate them to practice more.
*** Lesson Details *** GUITAR: I expect my students to practice at least 5 days a week for at least a 1/2 hour per day. I use the Suzuki method for young students ages 8 to10. We continue learning basic folk songs by ear and then start reading standard notation and basic theory within 6 to 8 months along with classical guitar duets. For older students I use the Hal Leonard guitar method. After 3 months of lessons students can expect to know the basic open position chords and strum patterns to some basic songs as well as some famous guitar riffs and also be able to read some basic melodies in standard notation. After 6 months students will be able to play a 12 bar blues and improvise with the pentatonic and blues scales as well as learn moveable scales and chords and apply these to songs.
PIANO: I also start young piano students with the Suzuki method so they can play some five finger familiar melodies in a short time period. Then we progress to reading notation and eventually adding chord accompaniment to melodies. I use the Faber piano method for reading standard notation.
*** Studio Equipment *** 24 track recording studio, room for parents to sit 14' x 21'...completely furnished studio with guitars, amps, piano, drum machine, synthesizer, microphones...the works.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need a good quality and proper size guitar (for very young students) a music stand (for their home use) a foot stool, a metronome and books I assign along with an 8 1/2" X 11" blank manuscript book and a folder with side pockets to hold handout sheets. Piano students need their own instrument and the above materials minus the foot stool.
*** Specialties *** Suzuki classical guitar, classic rock, blues, jazz , popular, funk, country, folk, finger picking and pick style and piano.
rein April 29, 2016
can set the foundation of the instrument while helping you apply the music to the songs that drive you.
Terry S. April 29, 2016
In home Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Rob for 2 years now. He is a great teacher, classically trained, but very knowledgeable in all genres. I have learned a great deal and being taught the correct way. He pushes you to do better each and every week.
I would definitely recommend Rob for Guitar instructions
Katherine M. April 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I really enjoy learning guitar with Robert, I've been playing for a two years and a couple of months. He really motivates you to keep trying and play a music piece until it sounds great. He's patient and easy going and it's great and fun to learn guitar alongside Robert
I teach music lessons on most instruments. My primary instrument is flute, but I am also a skilled pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, and cellist. I also play the violin, viola, saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, and oboe. I work around the clock practicing to develop my skills on all instruments. Brass is my weakest link, but I plan on reaching at least high school proficiency in all instruments at some point. I am pursuing a career as a performing flute virtuoso, and it is my belief that a well-rounded education in all other instruments will make me a better flutist.
I play drums in a band
called Tribal Days. Tribal Days is Chris Gennone, Andrew Merclean, Harrison Bieth, and myself. I played bass and keyboards for several years. We have recorded one full length record and another one is nearing completion. I'm experienced in digital editing, mixing, and sound engineering.
I am also a professional painter, although I am devoting most of my time to music right now. My preferred mediums are acrylic, oil, watercolor, and pencil. I studied art intensively in high school and continued to study in college. I won the Painting Award in my senior year of high school at West Morris Mendham. Although my focus has shifted to music, I do offer art lessons!
I was fortunate to have the experience of studying both Ballet and Ice Dancing from the time I was 5 until I was 17. I studied at New Jersey Ballet for a long time. I was coached in Ice Dance for many years by Olympic medalists, and I competed in Junior Nationals in 2005. Both disciplines had a profound effect on my musicianship and I continue to practice stretching exercises and sometimes practice Ice Dance for fun. By 2007 I had decided to study music full time.
My name is Chris B. and I've been playing music for most of my life.
The best lesson that I've personally learned is that a musician is never done learning. Once you start believing that you know everything there is to know about your instrument, or that your style of playing is superior to others, then you've stopped growing musically. Perhaps you excel in one area of your playing but need further development in another. Personally, I've also learned that I enjoy sharing my knowledge of music with others and exposing students to new techniques and musical concepts.
I strongly believ
e that these traits are the most important aspects of teaching music to others. No matter how advanced my playing skills might progress, I’ll always be able to relate to any type of student because I’m still learning something new everyday!
Casey May 26, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
Chris was such a great instructor! I first started lessons with Chris a few months ago and I told him I only had a limited time to learn guitar. Taking the knowledge I already had with music, Chris helped me in only a few months to pick up and to be able to jam to some awesome songs on my acoustic guitar. He is very patient and works very well with whatever level you come in as! I came in knowing only one or two chords, and now I know many more and can confidently play some songs! Since I was a crazy busy college student, Chris was also very flexible with when lessons were, which I was very thankful for! I'd highly recommend taking lessons with him!
Janice S. April 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
I love my lessons with Chris! I have no music background and have always wanted to play the guitar but never got around to making it happen. Now as I am older I think why not now?! I looked around for local lessons and found Chris's site. I loved his philosophy of how he teaches an individual based on what they want out of it! His statement of "some people just want to learn to play their favorite song" sold me! So glad I found him! It's never too late to pick up a guitar!
John Goode March 1, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
My lessons with Chris were amazing!! Chris teaches at a pace that is manageable and you never will feel overwhelmed. The bast part about his approach is his ability to teach music theory and not make it boring or complicated. Chris is also great at changing the lesson plan on the fly if we stumble on to something to explore further. My guitar playing improved greatly under Chris and I would recommend him to anyone looking to take lessons.
Teaching guitar, and music for over 13 years, 10+ years of that time spent in professional music schools and shops. In addition, I spent 6 years in a special needs school, teaching general music, and guitar to students with learning and behavior issues. I have had the pleasure of learning from numerous guitar teachers and mentors over the years including, T.T. Quick guitarist, David Dipietro. Recently having toured the US with national acts in the band McClinton, sharing stages with Saving Abel, Adelita's Way, Framing Hanley, Red, Winger, Steelheart, Bad Seed Rising, LA Guns and many more. I
'm proud to say that I have taken the skills I've honed during those years to stages and studios around the country. I can help you make sense of concepts that many students find confusing. Focusing on the goals the Students wishes to achieve. Ultimately, I teach a student to be able to progress independently. Learning songs is fine, but in the end it's about learning the concepts that allow the student to learn those songs on his/her own and be able to use those elements create their own music. I teach all styles, and levels. Also offering lessons for Bass guitar. Also, a heads up to those joining me at my studio. For anyone with allergies, there is a cat. She's a short hair and doesn't shed much, so I doubt it would be an issue unless someone had very severe allergies.
Michael T. July 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
First lesson and Gavin was very quick to assess my ability and goals and show me some exercises. Very helpful and I'm looking forward to working with him!
Ethan July 19, 2016
In home Verified Student
Gavin is a great instructor! He is very patient with my 9 yr old son and keeps him super motivated in learning and practicing everyday! Also Gavin is very flexible with our schedule too!
Nicholas June 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
Gavin is very patient, provides a structured lesson & is very good with a challenging / special needs student.
It takes years of determination, focus, and practice to master the violin. Many people start their musical education using a qualified instructor, but maybe you want to try to teach yourself violin. This is a huge undertaking with great potential for learning the wrong way of holding the violin, standing incorrectly, or practicing imperfect fingerings. However, if you want to understand the basics of learning your instrument before taking violin lessons with a teacher, here are a few introductor …
Teach Yourself Violin in 8 Easy Steps
It takes years of determination, focus, and practice to master the violin. Many people start their musical education using a qualified instructor, but maybe you want to try to teach yourself violin. This is a huge undertaking with great potential for learning the wrong way of holding the violin, standing incorrectly, or practicing imperfect fingerings. However, if you want to understand the basics of learning your instrument before taking violin lessons with a teacher, here are a few introductor
5 Guitar Tips for Accompanying a Vocalist
Thinking about taking your skills to an accompaniment gig - or maybe just jamming with some friends who want to sing along? Check out these 5 helpful guitar tips from Mount Pleasant, SC teacher Christopher A...
Guitar is a great instrument to accompany everything from horns to winds to piano to vocals. Whether youre backing up a soloist, choir, band, or songwriter, there are a few tips to make the experience memorable for you and more importantly the vocalist or other musicia
10 Guitar Exercises and Tips for Building Muscle Memory
Did you know that by programming your muscle memory, you can make playing the guitar feel more natural, and even improve your technique? Guitar teacher Michael N. shares 10 guitar exercises and tips to help you build up your muscle memory...
1. Understand muscle memory
Every instrument player uses muscle memory. Every day activities like driving, riding a bicycle, and even typing this article, are easier because of muscle memory. Remember to continue slow, correct, and meaningful practic
6 Awesome, Unexpected Cover Songs You Need to Hear
Singers, why limit yourself to one genre? Many artists have produced amazing cover songs to put their own spin on tunes, even those not in their particular genre. Here, St. Augustine, FL voice teacher Heather L. shares six covers worth a listen...
How amazingly awesome is it to hear a song re-sung by a singer in a way that's totally unlike the original version? The correct answer? Really amazingly awesome! Sometimes it can change the way we hear the lyrics completely, sometimes it'l
10 Talented Guitar-Playing Kids Who Will Blow You Away
These guitar-playing kids are sure to inspire you, motivate you to practice guitar, and make you smile!
1. Zoe, Age 7
At just seven years old, this "sweet child" is well on her way to being the next Slash!
2. Jeremy, Age 8
Jeremy masterfully improvises a rock medley of Eruption by Eddie van Halen, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, and The Final Countdown by Europe.
3. Michael, Age 12
One of the best things about Michael's playing is how much fun he's having!
4. Tina, Age 14