Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Abigail
"Juliet is an excellent instructor! She is very easy to work with and we would highly recommend her to others. 100% satisfaction from this customer!"
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Joe
"Mark is extremely knowledgeable in music. His instruction was very enlightening. His personality is well suited for teaching mo matter the age of the stu
dent. Very, very satisfied. Thank you Mark..."
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Jerry
"He is a great teacher! A great musician as well! He teaches at my learning level. 100% recommend to other students !"
Bellingham, WA teacher:
Review by Kelsey
"I've had a great experience taking violin lessons with Kristen for the past year or so. I only wish I had started sooner! She is an excellent teacher: she
is patient, answers all of my questions with ease, and clearly cares about her students. My lessons have been challenging but fun, and I am very happy with the progress I have made with her."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Manny
"Excellent!!!!! First time Bassoon Lessons
OK,..first of all, I have not touch an instrument in years. I was not expecting much out of my first lesson bec
ause i didn't remember one thing about music. I new Cory, my instructor, would have her work cut out or her...To my amazement!!!! It was hands on training from the get go..... Instead of telling how to put it together, she made me put the instrument together, showing me how, so I could be able to do it right the first time.... I have never touched a bassoon up to today....Then help me make my first noise..... Fantastic..... it was so exciting. I am so glad I got an instructor who guided me to actually help me make sound come out or the first time.....I Highly recommend Cory, and I look forward to my next lesson. Thanks Cory. Manny"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Judy
"Thank you Lynda, you are a brilliant teacher !!
If you need to find a piano teacher who explains the material extremely well, has tremendous enthusiasm,
professionalism and patience in teaching, I recommend you to seek Lynda out.
Lynda is not just a piano professional who teaches technique, theory, repertoire and an understanding of music, she is also a very caring and kind person who helps me develop and grow in the fun journey of exploring music.
Thank you very much Lynda!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Stewart & Jennifer
"Nicolette has done a GREAT job with our three children. She has helped them advance and they like her very much. I would recommend her to anyone who wants
a positive, kind, patient teacher."
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by Samantha
"My first lesson went great."
Salt Lake City, UT teacher:
Review by James
"Great experience. Extremely nice guy and very helpful."
Andrew is a graduate of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California with a degree in drum/percussion performance. At Musicians Institute he had the opportunity to study with drum book authors: Ed Roscetti, Chuck Silverman and Gary Hess, as well as World Snare Drum Champion: Rob Carson. He also studied music theory at Bucks County Community College
He first began his drum studies at age 10; playing percussion in school and at 17 began performing and recording drums professionally. He spent a great deal of his time working with local artists in Philadelphia and
Manhattan and touring the northeastern states. During his time in Los Angeles he performed in cover bands, jazz/Latin groups and for dozens of independent artists. He also had the privilege to work with some well know artists, such as Scott Shriner of Weezer, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe, and The Blue Man Group.
Teaching drums is just as much a passion of his as is drum performance and recording. In 2005 he was hired as the drum instructor at Los Angeles City College. Since then, he has authored three different drum books and has taught music at Southern California Music School, Alhambra School of Music, Pasadena City College, LA Valley College, LA Academy and several other institutions.
Andrew was awarded Teacher of the Year 2007/2008 at Southern California Music School. He also received Best Drummer Award at the Emergenza’s Battle of the Bands contest in 2005. Under Andrew’s instruction, Carver Middle School was also awarded 1st place during the NVISION Battle of the Bands contest in 2010.
*** Lesson Details *** After years of teaching, I have learned to speak the language of my students. I always find a way to help them understand the mechanics of playing drums. I get very excited over good music, interesting drum concepts or beats. I am patient and encouraging. I give my students praise for every accomplishment. I believe that anyone can become a great drummer.
*** Studio Equipment *** Rehearsal Studio with seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide the learning material, I expect the student to have their own drums/equipment.
*** Specialties *** I teach reading and writing music notation as well as to play by ear. I specialize in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Metal, and Latin styles. I know heel-up, heel-down, and heel-toe bass drum pedal technique. I also specialize in rudimental drumming.
Teresa B. June 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
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Cherry J. April 6, 2015
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!
Kim G. April 4, 2015
Andrew is an awesome drum teacher! I started studying with him in a group class setting, where he easily worked with students of all ages and levels of musical experience to teach the fundamentals of drumming. I moved into private lessons with him, which he always balanced nicely focusing on a variety of things: technique, exercises, reading, listening and songs. He is very skilled and knowledgeable, dependable and a wonderfully nice guy. I learned so much from him in the years that I studied with him and was sad to see him leave Los Angeles. I highly recommend him as a drum teacher for students of all ages!
Born in Moldova, lyric soprano Galina S. has emerged as a young artist of remarkable versatility and great vocal beauty.
“Galina possesses a most glorious soprano voice… her contributions to music have always been of the highest caliber, amply demonstrating her vocal and intellectual flexibility and accomplishment… she is a great singer and performer.” (John Shirley-Quirk, International baritone)
Ms. S’s impressive voice and sensitive musicianship has lead to performances in numerous cities in the United States as well as Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Moldova, and St. Petersburg, R
ussia. Her repertoire encompasses a vast gamut and includes lieder, chamber music, oratorio, and opera, sung in various languages, including German, French, Italian, Russian, Czech, English, and Spanish.
Galina will be next heard as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera with Concert Opera Philadelphia, in March 2013. She will also sing the title role in Suor Angelica with OperaOggi NY in 2012/2013 season. Her most recent roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (New York Lyric Opera Theater), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Mimì and Musetta in La Bohème, and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. Some of the other roles are Violetta in La Traviata, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, the title role in Iolanta, Marfa in Tsar’s Bride, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.
In oratorio Ms. S. has performed as a soprano soloist in the Lord Nelson Mass and Theresa Mass of Haydn, Handel’s Messiah, J. S. Bach’s Magnificat, and the Neue Liebeslieder, Opus 65 by Brahms. Her recital and chamber repertoire include songs and song cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Dvořak, Manuel de Falla, Poulenc, and Messiaen.
Ms. S. has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships which include Washington International Competition in Washington DC, Center for Contemporary Opera Competition in New York, Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition in New York, New York Vocal Artists Competition, Peabody Conservatory Graduate Performance Diploma Scholarship and grant, and Mayor’s Scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania where Galina received her undergraduate degrees in music and computer science engineering. Galina has also been chosen to participate in the International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich.
Galina is a graduate of Peabody Conservatory of Music where she received a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance, and University of Pennsylvania, which she finished with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Computer Science Engineering.
Ms. S. is a dedicated and enthusiastic voice teacher, who has been teaching for the past ten years. Many of her students have become soloists in their schools’ musical productions, and several went on to continue their studies at major conservatories. She has taught at Cabrini College, Settlement Music School, and is presently teaching at Leopold Mozart Academy. She also offers lessons out of her private studio at her home.
*** Lesson Details *** My style of teaching is very straight forward. Students will first learn a proper breathing technique which is essential to good vocal production. The lessons always start with simple vocalizations, followed by repertoire appropriate to each student. The development and progress will greatly depend on students initial level and the time they spend practicing at home.
*** Studio Equipment *** Steinway Grand Piano, Music Stand, Vocal Literature. Large room with hardwood floors, which provides wonderful acoustics for singing.
*** Travel Equipment *** The student must have a piano or keyboard. I will bring music books.
*** Specialties *** I have the most experience teaching classical voice - bel canto style of singing which concentrates on proper breathing technique and production of healthy unstressed sound.
Anthony B. August 8, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Very enjoyable experience learning from her Galina.
Richard M. January 20, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Great vocal lesson experience!
Although my association with Galina was brief, the information gleaned was infinite. She really made me feel comfortable, tailored the lessons for maximum result, and quickly identified my bad habits while guiding me on how to avoid them going forward. To be a good teacher, you have to be a master yourself in that field... I can tell you Galina has a beautiful voice in her own right which really helps her lead by example. In closing, I would strongly recommend her services to anyone interested regardless of level of experience.
Having graduated from Westminster Choir College, I have learned many techniques for helping students to understand their voices better. I have taken voice lessons myself since 2002, and still do take them. This gives me the opportunity to learn new and different techniques. As every student is different, there are many different techniques that can help the student to find their voice. One style of teaching that I really feel is important when discussing the voice is the idea of just singing. Often times, as was my experience, when people hear voices they like they will mimic that s
ound. The problem with that is that the person will start singing with a voice that does not work with their body. That is usually my first goal if they have this particular issue. Many times breath and support need to be addressed right away. After that it is teaching the student technique and helping them through the growing process of their voice. This technique is for the healthiest kind of singing and will preserve the voice for a much longer time then would other styles of singing. That being said, a person can still sing other styles with a slight variation to the technique, but still keeping things healthy and feeling good.
I have added that I am willing to teach individuals who have special needs. I will say that where I teach does have stairs and is not wheelchair accessable. I am sorry about that. I do work at a school for children with developmental disabilities during the day and have been there for almost 4 years now. I have worked with adults as well as children. This has not been in a music setting, but I do have some ideas as to how to make it fulfilling for them as possible. That being said I will be honest with these individuals as well as patient. I believe that they should be treated equally and therefore will get the same level of attention as any of my other students.
*** Lesson Details *** I am a fairly laid back teacher, with the philosophy that the student must find their own reason for practicing and work hard. If the student is a young child, I believe that they sing because they love to do it and that love should not be killed by becoming a chore. I would encourage them to practice more in the form of play. This is the work of children after all. If the student is older, and at an age where they are more serious about the work that comes from learning how to sing properly. Then they should be able to find their inspiration for practicing. I am a firm believer that no one can change someone except for them-self. The idea of a curriculum would of course differ from student to student, but it also differs with age. With young children, the first goal would be to see how well they match pitch, because it will be difficult to get the student to work on technique if they have trouble matching pitch. Therefore that would be my first goal. After that, I would test the students range and work on teaching them technique. If the student is in the process of changing their voice, I will work on helping them through this change and help them to find their new voice. This is where the biggest chance of students loosing their real voice and starting to mimic other older singers. The fact is that, they will have a more mature voice in time, but they need to sing in their voice and the more mature sound will come. The main thing will be working on stretching there range little by little. This is because after the male voice changes, they tend to have a very small range. This would be the large overall goal to teach them to use their own voice, stretch their range, and learn technique. If the student is in their upper teens, then they should have a larger range, but they may still need to find their own voice. The next part will be just teaching the student technique and stretching their range.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and guitar
*** Travel Equipment *** I could supply a keyboard if need be.
Jeff L. December 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Great instructor, is able to effectively communicate concepts and put them into practice. Very accommodating for busy schedules.
David A. November 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
David was a great voice teacher! It was my first time taking voice lessons and he made it a very comfortable experience. David helped me to find my voice and then we worked to get the most out of it that we could.
Owen S. November 2, 2014
In studio Verified Student
David is a fantastic voice teacher. From the first very lesson, he helped me feel comfortable as I started the the sometimes awkward process of finding my voice. When it comes to technique, he has that rare ability to translate complex ideas and mechanics into simple, easy-to-understand concepts that translate into fast improvement. I have been taking voice lessons with him for just over a year, and the progress I have made in that time is remarkable. Thanks to David, I have truly discovered my voice. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to discover or improve their singing voice. He's fantastic!!
After 30 years I finally decided to learn how to play drums. Kevin clearly knows what he's doing in any genre of drumming! It seemed like every lesson he had a clear/thorough plan, didn't stress me out by teaching to rapidly, or bore me by going to slowly. A very solid teacher.
Sam K. June 6, 2015
Been trying to get my middle-schooler to practice for a few years now. It's like pulling teeth.
Kevin has somehow broken through to him. Fun lessons. Incredibly useful homework. Couldn't recommend him more.
I am a well prepared teacher who looks to my student's needs. I will provide teaching best suited to the students desire on what they want to become excellent at. Teaching will require meeting more then once a week. I'm a very easy to get along with person and also looks to have fun teaching. I will provide well prepared lessons for the student after the first meeting.
Grace J. June 12, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Sam is not only a wonderful teacher but also a talented bass player. He accommodates to the student's pace, but does it in an efficient manner. He also teaches in a fun manner that makes learning the bass not too difficult. He is always well prepared with lessons and uses encouragement to push me further. Furthermore, seeing how he is passionate about the bass inspired me to also pursue the bass guitar. I highly recommend him to anyone who is seeking for bass lessons, and without a doubt he will help you learn the fundamentals and strive beyond that.
lucy L. June 12, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Sam is a great teacher! I had a few lessons with him and could tell how passionate he is about music. He was very knowledgeable and patient. He gave me a lot of feedback on how to improve and encouraged me to keep playing. I would highly recommend him to everyone I know.
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