Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by TC
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Makai
"Everything went well. Just getting started and had a couple of starting issues with the violin but other than that, good!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Malcolm
"Matthew was a great instructor. I only had a week to do all 5 of my lessons but he was very flexible in scheduling, and I learned plenty of things I can d
o to practice and improve my singing on my own. He has a great method of teaching that really helped me succeed. I'll be coming back for more lessons!"
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Eileen
"Better than what I expected. My first time to take an online singing lesson and it was just like being in the same room with her. Denise is awesome! Sh
e made me very comfortable and I can tell she knows her subject very well! Looking forward to taking my passion for singing to the next level with Denise's guidance! Thanks!"
New Orleans, LA teacher:
Review by Sammy
"Ginger Tankersley has been a great teacher for my son Sammy for the last year. she is laid back and positive and I feel that Sam has learned quickly under
her tutelage. We are continuing lessons this year. Sam had a successful recital in May and sounded to me that he had been playing more than a year. Couldn't ask for a better teachdr for my boy."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Jordan
"Drew is incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and encouraging. I am also a guitar teacher, but he managed to show me a great number of ways to continue impro
ving my playing on my own time. His method is very goal-and-task-oriented, which makes progress easy to track and practice time easy to organize. I thoroughly enjoyed Drew's lessons, and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to improve quickly!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Daniel
"Souaad is an amazing singing teacher. She listens to your goals and tailors the lesson plan to fit your expectations. I'm glad I chose her. She's great"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Cathi
"Kathryn taught my children in home as well as a chosen location. Kathryn was always prepared and interacted well with my children. She would challenge m
y children with their music. They learned from your many talents. Thank you Kathryn for all of your patience and sweet kindness. We were sad that you moved away but we are excited for you to be close to your family again."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Joohee
"She's really patient and nice to kids. My kid loves her. She teaches how to play the piano step by step with fun!"
I am a Rutgers University graduate with a B.A in Music Performance. I have played guitar for over 10 years, and currently perform all over the tri-state area as a solo acoustic performer and songwriter. I teach several students ages 5-40 right now, and have taught students how to play guitar for several years. In addition to playing in a rock band, I also am well versed in many music styles including jazz, pop, country and acoustic.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very flexible teacher and suit my teaching style and format to fit each specific student's interests and needs. My goal is to kee
p the student interested and make learning guitar a fun experience.
I like to find out the kind of music the student listens to, or what they want to get out of playing guitar, and then mold my teaching around that. For instance, if a student or parent wants a formal musical education, I will teach how to read music notes and teach them from a book. If the student wants to learn simple songs and be able to play around the campfire for fun, I make sure to guide the student toward doing just that.
*** Studio Equipment *** Dedicated lesson space. Guitars. Music stands. Music books. Seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide my own instruments I would require them to have te instrument they want to learn available and the necessary power source and amp if needed.
*** Specialties *** Rock country jazz mainly though I know classical music theory as well as counterpoint etc
Brandon B. March 15, 2013
Really good teacher and cool person. I learned a lot from taking lessons with Brandon, he taught me what I wanted to learn and also gave me helpful exercises to help me practice and get better.
I've been playing and loving music for well more than half a century, now. I got started in second grade when my grandpa brought home a little violin one day, and I've been at it ever since. I was fortunate to take lessons for more than ten years with Carita Page, a teacher who was very warm, encouraging, and caring. I do my best to pass that on to my students in addition to the technique of playing and the theory of music, fascinating as those are.
I feel that playing in groups is very valuable experience for students and gives you a side of music that private lessons alone cannot. I
encourage students to look for opportunities to do that. To help provide those opportunities I organized the Cranbury Scout Band, one of very few continuously-operating Scout bands in the country, which I have directed for more that ten years now. I've also been on the staff of several Jamboree Scout bands.
*** Lesson Details *** Every student is a different individual and learns in different ways. I try to make lessons as interesting and as useful to each student as I can, and include different things based on your interests and capabilities. Most students find duets are fun, so I include them often - both duets with the same instrument you are studying and duets with other instruments as well so you can learn the sound of such combinations. I encourage you to "play with your ears" as well as your fingers, to become a critical listener to your own performance and to decide whether you sound the way you want to sound.
I encourage students to try different things to become a more rounded musician. This might be something closely related - a flutist trying the piccolo or a clarinetist trying the bass clarinet. Or, it might be further afield - a flutist trying the guitar or a violinist learning movable Do and solfeggio singing. Every aspect of music is good to know.
*** Studio Equipment *** My music studio is in a separate building - actually a renovated barn about two centuries old. The studio contains a piano and all the other instruments that I teach, and is roomy enough not only for private lessons but for musical groups up to about ten. I have many other resources there as well, including files of music, a small music library, and a computer that we can use for many purposes.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need their instruments, music, and stands. I bring my own instrument.
Teaching music is my passion, it is more than just a career. I value each student and the time I have with them; helping them to explore the world of music. Hopefully after each lesson, my students walk away with a deeper understanding of music theory and have enjoyed their time. I am available to teach Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano, and beginner Drums.
I am a husband and father. I teach all age ranges.
*** Lesson Details *** I approach each lesson differently because every student is unique. During the initial
lesson I will begin to assess the student's ability, determine the best teaching technique for them, and setup a practicing at home guideline. My job is to help the student reach their individual goals and support them along the way. I feel every student deserves to learn to read music and I will concentrate on this with them.
Lessons are taught in my personal music studio; it is a laid-back, family friendly environment. There may be specific books and supplies I recommend purchasing (these will enhance the success of a budding musician). I will most likely also hand out sheet music of songs to practice and may recommend certain artists within specific genres for the students to listen to and familiarize themselves with.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in Classical/Flamenco guitar. I can teach many different styles such as Rock, Blues, Jazz, etc. I am always learning, and am willing to learn so that my students get the best experience possible.
Melissa S. January 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
He was great! Learned what I was looking for. Recommend!
Illina K. December 25, 2015
Online Verified Student
I am very happy with lessons. The teacher young, but very competently gives material. I am 60 years old. With me it isn't easy. I had only THREE!!!! lesson. And I already play on the ukuleel. Many thanks.
Illina K. December 25, 2015
Online Verified Student
I am very happy with lessons. The teacher young, but very competently gives material. I am 60 years old. With me it isn't easy. I had only THREE!!!! lesson. And I already play on the ukulele. Many thanks.
BA Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers College. MS from Montclair in Music Composition, Jazz Studies with Kenny Baron. Composition Studies with Nicholas Rousakis, Frank Foster, Noel DaCosta.
Member Music Educators National Association. Member Jersey Shore Music Educators Association Member BMI
I am an experienced lifelong pianist. I work professionally as a solo pianist, church organist, choir director, piano teacher, composer and arranger. I am experienced in most styles of music including, classical, jazz, pop, gospel, broadway, rock.
I develop an individual leaning
path for each of my students so they can achieve their music goals. I use many different piano teaching methods and am not bound by any particular one. Depending upon my students level and goals I will supplement the methods books with pieces that interest the student.
*** Lesson Details *** Depending upon the student lessons we will work on several areas designed to improve the students understanding of music and playing the piano.
1. How to practice efficiently, 2. Improving technique. 3. Weekly songs and pieces to learn. 4. Long range major works which will take several months to master 5. Sight reading 7. Music theory,harmony, rhythm and melody, which can be applied to all styles of music, popular song, classical, jazz, etc 8. Understanding of music styles and composers
How much time we spend in each area will be determined by the students level and goals.
*** Studio Equipment *** Kawaii Professional Studio Upright Steinway Professional Studio Upright Yamaha Digital Practice Piano Yamaha PS-1500 Arranger Keyboard Logic Pro 9 Recording Software JV-1010 Synth Module Roland VK-8M Organ Module E-MU Hamond B3 Module Focusrite 6i6 Audio Interface JBL Studio Monitors Macbook Pro
*** Travel Equipment *** Each student must have a suitable weighted keyboard or piano at home for practice.
*** Specialties *** Specialties Include:
Jazz, Pop, Broadway and other Popular Forms
Songwriting and Arranging
Accompanying yourself or another singer on the piano
Developing a performance repertoire.
Linda J. May 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Charles is just great....there's no way I could have found a better teacher. Not only does he know everything there is to know about music, he's interested in keeping the lessons and learning interesting and fun. You can tell he really cares about trying to help his students to both progress, learn some theory, but to have fun and build skills they'll use/enjoy for a long time. Really impressive.
John L. February 10, 2015
Charlie has been giving lessons to my son and is the absolute best! He is passionate about music and brings such energy to each lesson. My son is learning how to play jazz from Charlie after being classically trained. It has opened up a whole new world for him.
It great listening to the lessons because Charlie and my son enjoy music so much.
Dawn J. February 9, 2015
Charlie is the best piano teacher I have worked with. In just two months of taking lessons with him, I have learned myriads of info about music, theory, jazz, blues, and the classics. Being under his tutelage is truly an honor and he is patient with me even when I don't practice (Although I must say he's a real stickler for that). I would recommend anyone to him with a desire for music whether you are 5 or 55.
As a teaching artist, my goal is to reinforce a healthy structure to your voice while expanding your capacities as an actor and performer by letting the complete singing actor emerge. I wish for my work in the studio to be accessible even when you are practicing on your own. I hope to empower each student to become self-sufficient on a personal level, understanding that each individual grows from different methods to find that perfect balance of artistic and technical instruction.
I am fresh off of the Anything Goes National Tour as the tenor in the quartet and a primary dancer. Before thi
s, I was a performer in Pittsburgh's prestigious theatre, The Pittsburgh CLO, appearing most recently in their production of The Wedding Singer and previously as The Production Tenor in Singin’ in the Rain and Garvin in Footloose. Other theatre credits include multiple shows at Music Theatre of Wichita, West Virginia Public Theatre and The Connecticut Repertory Theatre, all of which have taught me what it takes to become a successful musical theatre performer in this era.
I love teaching all students, but in particular high school students who are aspiring to attend college as a musical theatre major, non-theatre majors who are new to singing and want a stronger technical background, or actors who are new to the musical theatre scene and are looking to take their talent to the next level. I have a strong knowledge of repertoire ranging from contemporary musical theatre to golden age to opera/operetta. I have performed in musicals, operettas, plays, and have started my own collegiate a cappella group, The Statesmen. At Penn State, I was trained to not only teach musical theatre repertoire, but to include art songs and arias as well which have their own tool in a student's growth and versatility.
Most importantly, I like to have fun in the studio. I have a very open and goofy personality and want you to feel free to be goofy as well. Dare to fail. You may learn more from your voice cracking then you might from singing a beautiful note.
Kristi J. November 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
Our first lesson was amazing, My granddaughter was initially shy, Zach was able in a short time to help her realize her potential.
Anne M. September 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
I had my first session with him yesterday and i had a fantastic time.I love his teaching method and can't wait to take more lessons with him :-) He deserves 5 stars.
Jon Girson August 11, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Zach is a very intuitive and engaged coach. He shines with musical theatre training.
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