I'm a professional bass player in Austin Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. At one time or another I've played just about every style of music, and I have more than a decade of teaching experience. I love 'opening doors' for students, helping them understand how music works and how they can sound better than ever. I graduated from B.I.T. in Los Angeles and I have thousands of hours of teaching, gigging, and recording experience. I'll share that experience with you!
*** Lesson Details *** I like to use real music to show how technical concepts work. Once I've gotten to know you and your musical goals and preferences, I'll point you towards the knowledge you need, and show you how that knowledge works in the music you like.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room: recording equipment, bass, amp, chairs, music stands, additional seati
ng for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I bring my bass, iPod, tuner, drum machine,manuscript paper,etc. The student needs to provide adequate space and amplification.
Howdy! My name is Ryan and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for ten years and have loved helping my students receive exceptional tone, fluidity, and control of their instrument. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
I received my knowledge from Berklee College of Music where I received a B.A. in Performance and Music Education. My teaching style is simple, straightforward, and fun.
I was very impressed with how Ryan engaged my son during his first lesson. He was able to make it fun and educational for him. I think what made a huge difference was his ability to hone in on what what kinds on music my son was interested in and some how work it in to the initial lesson plan. He showed him how much fun it could be and then was able to incorporate the basics from there. Also, he is extremely patient and laid back making it stress free. Thank you for a great lesson! We look forward to continuing more.
December 13, 2017
I've been trying to learn piano 19 years now and after just one lesson with kid everything seems soo clear. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE!
October 9, 2017
We scheduled Ryan to come to our house at a specific time to teach our 15 YO son. He did not show up and called 2 hours after the scheduled time to say he was misinformed by Take Lessons as to the time (even though we had confirmed the time at the beginning). We planned to resume the following week and again he did not show up. He did not reply to texts, his voicemail was not set up on his phone and he made no efforts to let us know that he had cancelled with us.
Winner of The Today Show "Today's Superstar" Television Series Recording Artist / Producer / Writer / Television Talent/ Vocal Coach
Dan G captured the hearts of millions when Today Show viewers voted him “Today’s Superstar” in the highly rated television program’s Music Icon talent search series. Thousands of hopefuls audition and millions of viewers watched and voted weekly. This competition, created by American Idol Executive Producers, Warner Brother Records, and the Today Show launched Dan's career in television, radio, and the concert stage. He has released two albums and his hit single "More than Life" shot up to #12 on the Adult Contemporary Top 40.
Grammy Award winning producer and songwriter David Foster who has worked with Dan observes: "Dan can really sing. To the credit of the millions of people who voted, they pi
cked a guy that really, really, can sing! He has a great sense of timing. He gets it. He has a great sense of delivery of the lyrics, and really seems to care about what he is saying in a song."
Dan has appeared on all major US broadcast networks and prominent cable channels. He's been interviewed on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood and Extra and has performed and been interviewed on the international talk show Christopher Close Up, which airs in 166 countries. He's been featured and performed for millions at the Kentucky Derby and the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center. He's performed the National Anthem for the New York Mets, the Knicks, and during national coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial observance. He has graced the stage at the Olympic Games in Atlanta as well as nationwide events for Coca-Cola and Walmart. He's been a celebrity guest on nationally syndicated radio shows like, "Delilah", “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” and ABC radio. Dan's much more than a singer. He created, co-wrote, and co-produced a half-hour sitcom for Turner Network.
Dan's passion lies in using his talents and exposure to make a positive difference in the lives of others, especially children. That's why he founded YES YOU CAN!, a non-profit foundation created to inspire and empower kids through music.
Dan's been a guest speaker, host and presenter for many great causes, including the Teacher of the Year Awards, Camp Fire USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Born in New York City, Dan was raised in Indiana as the youngest of five siblings. He attributes his strong work ethic and passion to his supportive family. Dan's love of singing began in the Mennonite Church, where four-part harmony was a staple. Having always known that he wanted to be a performer, Dan began preparing early in his childhood studying music through his college years. His classical training left him with a repertoire that includes singing fluently in Italian and Spanish as well as English.
Dan is enjoying his journey. He continues to perform and teach. He's working on new music and he's heavily involved with his foundation.
Dan is offering private voice and vocal performance lessons. He is now accepting new students.
Hi, my name is Dan Gardner and I have over 20 years of experience in teaching, performing and studying voice. I have performed for millions of viewers on television (11 times on NBC's Today Show), radio, theater, and the stage. I've worked and recorded with many music producers including, David Foster and Jim Brickman. I was a voice major in college, and I teach all styles, all levels, and all ages. I have studied, performed and recorded classical, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, classic rock, country, folk, christian and other genres.
If you are interested in private professional voice lessons to grow as a musician, to become a better performer, for fun or because singing is just something you enjoy, please come see me. I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your goals.
I also specialize in audition prep for shows like American Idol, the VOICE, AGT and the Apollo
I can’t say enough wonderful things about Dan. He was even better than I expected! He is very personable and my son really enjoyed working with him. He worked hard to help meet my son’s goals and continuously kept me informed about my son’s progress.
Dan shared his own experiences with my son to help build his confidence. My son felt much more confident and prepared for his audition thanks to Dan. We are looking forward to continuing lessons with Dan. I highly recommend him!
July 3, 2019
Dan is an amazing teacher!
June 27, 2019
Dan is a great vocal instructor. Very methodical...no tricks or quick fixes. Pays attention to detail. Takes notes. Does not use a cookie cutter approach, but custom for each student. Very professional. I would highly recommend Dan as a vocal instructor.
I have been teaching piano and theory since year 2000. Apart from teaching privately, I served in music elementary, middle and high schools in Belgrade. Residing in Miami from June 2015, I served in Miami Fine Arts Academy, Music Works and Allegro. Bachelor Degree in Piano from Belgrade University of Arts in 1997 and Master of Music in 2003. Piano Performance Diploma Program from Longy School of Music, Massachusetts in 2002. I am passionate about teaching and helping my students achieve their goals, whether they are at beginning or advanced level. My methods are flexible and am always looking for a fresh approach from which the student can benefit the most.
When I came to Sandra I was one month away from my college piano audition and in need of a miracle. I had to prepare four quite difficult pieces and I had not taken any piano lessons since I was 12 years old (over 6 years). I knew this sounded very impossible but I went for it anyway. A month later, I got accepted into the Piano Performance program. So basically, Sandra is a miracle worker. She didn't only help me ace these pieces from scratch and learn the proper way and style to play them in, but she also helped me record my audition tapes and let me use her piano for them. She took her own personal time to give me extra help so I could get into this university and she was always supportive and caring too. Not only is she a piano master, but she is also extremely nice so every lesson was very pleasant and enjoyable. My piano skills greatly improved in just a month and I cannot thank her enough for everything she's helped me achieve. So if you are looking for an amazing piano teacher, you just found her! Seriously, look no further, you will not be disappointed.
April 23, 2019
Sandra is an amazing teacher! She is strict and kind, funny and serious at the same time. Just perfect for improving your skill fast and productive.
March 20, 2019
Honestly has been a huge help! She makes me feel talented. Best teacher ever! Honestly.
Luther unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers.
Luther stays where I’m at and then helps me go the next step. That is useful for consistent gradual progress without the frustrations of moving either too slow or too fast (I am a beginning tenor saxophone player). Nice interpersonal style, patient and easy going, while methodical.
July 10, 2019
I think Luther is great. He works with my 10-year old son on piano, singing and even trumpet and violin as needed. My son has to work hard to progress, and Luther customizes the lesson plan for him and seems to understand him well. I'm really excited about them working together.
Hi, my name is Josh Weinberg. I have over 10 years experience teaching drums & about 5 years experience teaching music production, & music theory (to all different ages). I have received an award from Berklee College of Music's Community Affairs Dept. for my teaching work in the Boston area (see photo). I graduated Berklee cum laude honors and w/ 2 degrees, Drum Performance & Electronic Production & Design. I teach a wide variety of techniques & cater each lesson plan to each student, to maximize our time together & help make the student the best musician he/she can be! I can travel to you for in-home lessons or you can come to my studio in Newton, which is a nice, isolated space where you won't be distracted by other lessons happening in the adjacent room like in some other studios/schools. In addition to teaching, I frequently performs
with bands around the northeast U.S., & have performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Nona Hendryx, Simon Shaheen, & Richard Devine. In the past 6 years, I've performed in 8 countries - USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Turkey, & Ghana.
My son enjoyed the lesson and wanted to practice right away.
August 29, 2018
Josh is always easy to be around and is able to form any lesson around what I wanted to do, as well as teach me loads of new ideas if I hadn’t planned anything. He has greatly helped improve my own production and give me insight into what professional producers do to set themselves apart. He’s great to work with and always in an uplifting mood.
August 21, 2018
Josh is an awesome teacher. He is patient and supportive and always comes up with ways to connect me to the concept he’s teaching. I asked to learn drums “the right way” so we spend a ton of time on fundamental exercises that i suspect are boring for him but he never shows it. He is always upbeat and positive and I enjoy our lessons a lot. Could not recommend him more highly.
Got a favorite song you're dying to play? We'll learn that song together, and in the process, you'll find you're learning so much more. Studies prove you learn so much better when you love the material, and I customize my lessons to compliment your musical tastes. Perfect for children or those young at heart. I love students of all ages. Let's get started today!
Born in Flint, Michigan, Benny began studying music in Elementary School. In order to nurture his talent, his mother moved his family to Detroit where he attended and graduated from the Detroit School of Arts. Benny got his start in the church playing gospel music but upon attending DSA was immediately drawn to jazz with inspirations from Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Sonny Stitt. Since moving to Detroit in 2013, Benny has worked with Detroit legends including Wendell Harrison, Marion Hayden, Russ Miller, Sean Dobbins, Naima Shamborguer and many more. He also performed in the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival with the Detroit Jazz Festival Youth All-Stars. In 2015 & 2017 Benny played and taught in Europe with the Blue Lake Northern Winds and the Jazz band in countries like Germany, France, the
Netherlands, Denmark and Poland.
Benny was named one of six 2016 Seymour Simons Scholars at the Michigan State University Community Music School in recognition of his talent as a jazz and composition student. Funded through the Lampert Family Foundation based in San Francisco and family of the Detroit-native and composer of the jazz standard, "All of Me." After graduating from the Detroit School of Arts in 2017, Benny was awarded a jazz scholarship to study at the New School of Performing Arts in New York. Before attending the New School, Benny produced his first album entitled, "What's Next?" (2017). The self-composed album holds 10 tracks and represents the next step in Benny's life. Since moving to New York, Benny has played at venues such as Dizzy's Jazz Club, Mist Harlem.
Joe is very patient with my daughter. He truly wants her to learn and understand what she is learning and most of all to enjoy musi
c. He goes at her pace while still encouraging her to set goals for herself. He will not move forward until she has mastered what she has learned.
Mr. Joe's passion for music reflects in his teaching!!"
"I'm totally impressed with takelessons program and more importantly my teacher Tim. I have been taking lessons for a couple on months and was blown away b
y the comfortable environment in Tim's home, his patience with me and his positive uplifting teaching style. Looking forward to playing some beautiful music together. Practicing and looking forward to my next lesson is my favorite time. See you next week and still loving that Am chord.
"He is a very good instructor."
"Good instructions, and perfect teaching pace according to student's skill level."
"20 stars! He teaches amazingly! Very patient. He has great attention to detail and takes the lesson one step at a time. Definitely recommend!"
"Katie made me feel comfortable and hopefully in reaching my goals."
"George has extensive knowledge of musical theory and is very skilled himself, but he also provides easy to understand teaching that improves my guitar kno
wledge and skill after each lesson. George has an eye for seeing what I am lacking or good at as a guitarist and meets me where I am in need. George is definitely helping me get to achieve my goals as a musician."
"We feel so lucky to have Ferenc available to teach our 8 year old! He's an immensely talented musician and is able to translate his knowledge and enthusi
asm into terms a child appreciates and absorbs. He is very encouraging and positive and such a joy to have in our child's life."
"He is a great instuctor, he is professional, polite and patient. All around he is a fun guy to have as my teacher but also keeps focus on the task. I woul
When you decide to take voice lessons, as you are looking for a teacher you may encounter the phrase “bel canto method” (as in, “I teach the bel canto method”). It sounds fancy, but what does it mean? Read on as New York voice teacher Natalie W. explains...
Bel canto refers to both a musical style and the singing method that was developed to sing that style. It originated with the first operas during the Baroque era (early 1700s) - best exemplified by the music of Handel - and was …