Wood River Music Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons? Our Wood River teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Wood River?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Music Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 3 0 1 , 6 1 2

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers near Wood River

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Wood River including Cottage Hills, East Alton, Roxana, Hartford and South Roxana.

Showing 10 of 200+ results View More

About Jessie Y.

Close
273809_gj5tb9s8hf37jt8jky82
Saint Louis, MO
View Full Profile
About Jessie
I hold a Masters of Music in Violin Pedagogy from Boise State University. I have been playing the violin for eighteen years. I have performed in a variety of ensembles from 180-person full orchestra and chorus in Eisenstadt, Austria, to a string quartet in a Beatles tribute band. I have been teaching private lessons for about eight years, mostly to beginning and intermediate level students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach primarily from the Suzuki violin method with some additional resources to create a well-rounded knowledge of the violin. In addition to learning to play certain pieces on the violin students will develop various basic music skills and techniques, such as a theory and history of music. The main goal of my teaching, however, is to instill a love of music and the arts in each and every student I teach.

*** Studio Equi
pment ***
My home studio is equipped with a piano, music stand, music theory and ear training games, as well as a vast library of method books and supplemental materials.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson plans and some technology. I expect students to have their own instruments and cleaning materials, as well as the appropriate music. Occasionally we will need access to a piano. If there is no piano at the student's home we will need to meet at a location to practice with one.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the Suzuki violin method.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Adam P. April 2, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Very knowledgeable and patient. I am learning violin for the first time, and she takes the time to help with proper posture and positioning and technique.
Silhouette-80
Xuejun S. May 12, 2014
· ·
Very patient and professional

Jessie is very patient, professional, flexible. I'm a college student and busy with school work, but I still learned a lot from her, not only in violin skills, but also music theory and so on. She also teaches me how to practice instead of just showing me the pieces.
Silhouette-80
Amit S. April 23, 2013
· Violin ·
Gives you confidence in your own abilities

Jessie taught my daughter from June 2011-Dec 2012. She has been an excellent teacher for my 4 year old. It is really a challenge to keep kids focused at this age and Jessie was always up for the challenge. She simplified things down to really basic tasks that the kids can do and more importantly enjoy the learning experience.

During the period our little girl developed the confidence to play in front of a large audience. She could compose her own variations and play it with authority.

Jessie was always on time and professional with her approach. She always brought prints for parents to follow through on the lessons. It made practices at home really simple for us. We could see progress in our daughter's abilities every week.

We felt sorry that we could not continue on with her because of us relocating to a different city and her move as well. I would greatly recommend her for your violin lessons.
View Details
View Profile
Jessie Y.

Jessie Y.

Saint Louis, MO 63108
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Zelina B.

Close
Profile_121622_pi_Screenshot_2014-06-01-22-07-47-1
Saint Louis, MO
View Full Profile
About Zelina
I am a professional singer and voice teacher. I perform as a lead vocalist with a popular top 40 band in St. Louis and can be seen singing with several other well known bands in the city and region. I graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Jazz Vocal Performance. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, low stress and fun!

Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I will teach students ear training, and proper breathing and vocal technique as well as to read music and understand music theory if the interest exists. I tailor my approach to the needs of each students individual needs and goals.
I can help any student to sing with more freedom,
confidence, and expression!

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Rock, Alternative, Pop, Musical Theatre, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Classical.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
...
View Details
View Profile
Zelina B.

Zelina B.

Saint Louis, MO 63122
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Ryan B.

Close
Profile_58054_pi_Me%20Siam
Saint Louis, MO
View Full Profile
About Ryan
Ryan is a Music major currently attending UMSL studying composition and performance. He has finished an Associates in Music from STLCC, and has been giving private lessons since 2012. Ryan has participated in multiple STL groups and performed at many popular venues including Blueberry Hill, Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Off Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and The Gramophone to name a few. He performs a wide range of styles including Jazz, Classical, Rock, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and Progressive music. Ryan participates in Concert/Jazz choir, as well as Jazz band at both High school and Collegiate levels. In his lessons, Ryan gives students a mix of formal and informal training that involves studies with proper technique and sight-reading along with a curriculum that focuses on the students preferences in musical taste, songs, and style!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Steve January 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is a great guy and teacher! I am years older than him and yet he has the ability to make me feel comfortable in his lessons. He is thoughtful and patient and his enthusiam for his craft shines through. His tips have helped be practice more effectively and I leave energized to play better after every session. I would reccomend him to all.
Silhouette-80
Jason January 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Ryan’s enthusiasm for music came through clearly. We were playing a song together on my first lesson. I’m excited to continue taking classes with him.
Silhouette-80
Jordan December 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Knowledgeable in both technique and theory, Ryan was able to integrate my prior music knowledge of guitar with the piano to set a comfortable but challenging pace over my five lessons. Would still be taking lessons if I had not moved out of state. Highly recommend
View Details
View Profile
Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Saint Louis, MO 63103
(44)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Kathy S.

Close
Profile_28108_pi_k%20blog%20pic
Saint Louis, MO

View Full Profile
About Kathy
About Me: I am an experienced classically trained Pianist who has been playing since the 3rd grade. I enjoy all styles of music and love sharing that enjoyment with my students. I have certification from the State of Missouri that I am proficient in educating beginning Piano students and have continued to expand my knowledge through my participation with local musicians’ groups. I am also working on expanding my instrumental abilities through perfecting my percussion skills and planning to learn guitar.

Experience: I have taught students for over 30 years and have seen many changes in both student’s preferences and the style of Music and instruments preferred. I am comfortable with both traditional pianos and organs and modern electronic keyboards. I have given lessons in my home, my students’ home and retail studios.

Methods & P
hilosophy: I start my students with the John Thompson Easiest Piano Course, Part One. I began with John Thompson's materials myself and have found it the most productive and enjoyable for my students. I often add the John W. Schaum Note Speller as a good foundation in Music Theory. I believe that a good grounding in Theory is essential as a student who becomes proficient in sight reading, no matter how well he/she plays by ear, will find that the doors for lifetime musical fulfillment with be much wider.

Lesson Style: I also believe that Piano Lessons should be fun. Since I generally teach one on one, lessons can be tailored to each student and I add supplementary material to the Piano course as soon as possible based on the student’s progress and interests. I am willing to add supplementary music in most any genre from current radio hits, to Pop Standards and soundtracks, as well as Holiday Music based on the student’s culture. There is no proper pace as long as the student is willing to practice and is interested in learning. I am always surprised and happy when a student “gets” the language of music and really starts to express himself/herself through the instrument and I always find that my students teach me as much as I teach them
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Josh December 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kathy is very fun and enjoyable. We laugh during my lessons and she is low pressure. She makes the entire process of learning an instrument fun!
Silhouette-80
Tammy February 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
I am VERY pleased with Kathy as my daughter's piano teacher! She is patient and knowledgeable giving a very well rounded lesson. She includes theory in her lesson plan and I think that helps my daughter in her understanding of the whys...
Silhouette-80
Kathy October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kathy came to my home for my lesson. She has a very pleasant personality and it is very easy to follow her instructions. She kept the pace up, yet did not overload me. It's been a number of years since I have played and she did an excellent job on getting me back on the keys. I am looking forward to our next lesson.
View Details
View Profile
Kathy S.

Kathy S.

Saint Louis, MO 63146
(7)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Lucy K.

Close
Profile_83554_pi_Strings%20for%20Stivie%20Wonder
Chesterfield, MO
View Full Profile
About Lucy
Hi There! I am a violin, viola and piano teacher with over 39 years of experience as a professional violinist. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Violin Performance and Instruction from the Higher Musical Pedagogical Institute in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I teach traditional European method, and my students’ ages vary from children to adults. Many of my students play in the Webster University Music School and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. All of my students read notes and count very well. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals as well!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Steven F. December 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Very knowledgeable and experienced in not just playing the violin but teaching it as well.
Silhouette-80
Chris T. January 5, 2016
· Violin · In home
At the age of 58 I decided to start taking violin lessons for 2 reasons, enjoyment of playing music and exercise my brain. I found Lucy K on the takelessons.com website and she was able to accommodate my request for lessons in my home on a Sunday. Starting from scratch, she taught me the fundamentals of playing and I have made some progress over the last 8 months. She is patient with me yet will push me along and at time bring me out of my comfort zone, which is good. She has the ability and training to teach students from early age to older adults like me. In addition, she also teaches piano, which my wife started lessons with Lucy K at the same time I started violin. She has my recommendation if you have interest in either violin or piano.
Chris T.
View Details
View Profile
Lucy K.

Lucy K.

Chesterfield, MO 63017
(2)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Chris S.

Close
Profile_88698_pi_Swan-155
Saint Louis, MO

View Full Profile
About Chris
Hi! My name is Chris, but a lot of people call me Luppy (pronounced "loopy"). I am a professional musician in the St. Louis area specializing in jazz as well as performing with my band Sky West Trio (www.skywesttrio.com). I am classically trained but also play by ear. I have years of experience in the music business. I toured the country for 8 years with a band (LP Outsiders) that led to a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific, landing a song on the Three To Tango movie soundtrack, appearing on the Disney Channel Show "2 Hour Tour" with 98 Degrees, and opening for many national acts. We even toured with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy for a year. I also played trumpet on a b-side on Natalie Imbruglia's multi-platinum selling single to "Torn," and did some songwriting with Robbie Nevil (of "Ce La Vie" fame).I also have performed all over the wor
ld including many caribbean islands like Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Kitts.

I offer lessons to people of ALL AGES! I customize my lessons to focus on the things YOU WANT TO LEARN. My favorite thing to teach is how to play by ear! I can teach you the system that all professional musicians use to be able to play songs instantly after hearing it once. It really is possible with a little practice.

I do also teach the classical repertoire if that is what you are more interested in. For most students, I teach a combination of playing by ear and learning music theory, as well as some classical repertoire.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Beatrice January 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Chris is a talented piano player and a stellar piano instructor. Highly recommend anyone of any age to take lessons from him. His unique approach with ear training is fun, relatable, and a strong skill for any piano player to acquire. I greatly enjoy lessons with Chris and look forward to continuing on!
Thumb_118236_pi_FB_IMG_1431576925712
Eugene P. January 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Chris is great! Lots of info at first lesson, but not enough to be overwhelming. I'm looking forward to all I'll get to learn through him! Laid-back, super easy-going, matter-of-fact style which suits my style as well.
Silhouette-80
John Daniels September 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
excellent first lesson
View Details
View Profile
Chris S.

Chris S.

Saint Louis, MO 63139
(16)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Travis L.

Close
Profile_92632_pi_Starved%20rock
O Fallon, IL
View Full Profile
About Travis
Hey there! My name is Travis and I can't wait to meet you! I have been playing guitar for over ten years. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ivan February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very personable and related well to my son. Helped him learn a high interest song and made the lesson memorable.
Silhouette-80
Harry September 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Seems like all will go well!
View Details
View Profile
Travis L.

Travis L.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Amy C.

Close
Profile_97823_pi_Screen%20Shot%202016-11-19%20at%2010.46.48%20AM
Saint Louis, MO

View Full Profile
About Amy
Hello! My name is Amy. I am a senior at UMSL (University of Missouri-St. Louis), pursuing a degree in Music Education. I am passionate about both learning and teaching. I have been playing cello since 2004, and have studied cello with Kurt Baldwin since 2014.

I have been teaching private cello lessons since January 2016, working with students between the ages of 7 and 60+ years old.

In order to cultivate individual skill and musicality, I emphasize a strong, technical foundation built on scales and etudes (which eventually leads to playing the cool stuff, I promise!). Together in lessons, we will find creative ways to practice efficiently and effectively, so that every time you pick up your cello, you will improve your musicianship and love your sound.
I am confident that we will have a blast learning together!

Thank you for you
r time :)
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Santiago October 25, 2017
· Cello · In home
Great teacher!
Silhouette-80
Hannah D. August 23, 2017
· Cello · In home
My daughters enjoyed their lesson with Amy. They can't wait to see her again. Amy is very positive, thoughtful, and helpful. I'm sure my daughters will make good progress as they continue their lessons with Amy. Thank you!
Silhouette-80
Ashlynn February 10, 2017
· Cello · In home
Immediate connection. My daughter is looking forward to her next lesson with Amy. Amy makes it fun & exciting - exactly what one needs for encouragement.

Thank you Amy!
View Details
View Profile
Amy C.

Amy C.

Saint Louis, MO 63117
(5)
starting at
$30 / 45-min

About Todd A.

Close
Profile_100969_pi_10341401_863435367015485_404989073683586257_n
Saint Louis, MO

View Full Profile
About Todd
Hello. My name is Todd A. I've been playing music for most of my life. I recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in music after receiving an AA in guitar performance at SWIC. I play in several bands in the St. Louis music scene and try to play music as often as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Anthony December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son has really enjoyed his lessons and even practices without my nagging!
Silhouette-80
Chris March 9, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Todd is a fantastic guy! He's patient, informative, and genuinely educates you, even at the most basic level.

Highly recommended!
Silhouette-80
T.C. March 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, Nice and very informative!
View Details
View Profile
Todd A.

Todd A.

Saint Louis, MO 63118
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

About Cole M.

Close
Profile_114256_pi_20933923_823284941177806_57621633378402275_o
Saint Louis, MO
View Full Profile
About Cole
I'm a student at Washington University by way of Chicago. I currently play bass in a jazz combo on campus, and also trade off roles as guitarist and bassist for a house band for a sketch comedy show. I've been playing for over seven years, and have been teaching lessons back home for the last three.

I spent the last four years working for Reverb.com, the worlds largest online musical instrument marketplace, where I contributed guitar-related web content and served as an authority on vintage guitar knowledge.
...
View Details
View Profile
Cole M.

Cole M.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Recent Music Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music articles on our blog.

Lace Up: How to Train Your Voice Like an Athlete

Lace Up: How to Train Your Voice Like an Athlete

Singers, you’re more like an athlete than you might think. Sound crazy? Here, Los Angeles voice teacher Lorna E. shows how you can train your voice with that in mind… Have you ever thought of signing up for a marathon if you’re the type that gets tired running for five minutes? I’d say most people wouldn’t take a chance like that. Many singers, though, believe that they are ready to perform for hours in gigs or rehearsals even without any previous vocal technique endurance. Asking a person t … Read More

Lace Up: How to Train Your Voice Like an Athlete
Singers, you’re more like an athlete than you might think. Sound crazy? Here, Los Angeles voice teacher Lorna E. shows how you can train your voice with that in mind… Have you ever thought of signing up for a marathon if you’re the type that gets tired running for five minutes? I’d say most people wouldn’t take a chance like that. Many singers, though, believe that they are ready to perform for hours in gigs or rehearsals even without any previous vocal technique endurance. Asking a person t
Why Does My Voice Crack When I'm Singing?
Have you experienced voice cracks when singing? You're not alone -- it's a common challenge, but one that can be fixed with proper warm-ups. Read on for helpful advice from online voice teacher Emmanuel N...   Whether you are a beginner or an advanced singer, your voice can crack. This is usually due to the lack of a good vocal warm-up, but sometimes it is also due to your vocal cords not being used for singing a certain note/run/riff/etc. If you’re a beginner please allow me to quick
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
What’s the Difference Between Professional and Student Violins?
Getting the right instrument is one of the most important decisions in a musician's life. The right violin will feel comfortable in your hands, respond accurately and consistently to your touch, and help you produce the best possible sound for your level of musical development. Students learning the violin can rent or purchase instruments from music instrument retailers, and they offer a variety of instruments that can seem daunting for the novice violin purchaser. When will you know that it'
9 Outside-of-the-Box Vocal Warm Ups to Try
Properly preparing your voice is a crucial step to having a successful performance; however, it's not always about scales and arpeggios! As a singer, your entire body is your instrument - so you'll want to make sure you're fully warmed up, from head to toe, as well as mentally. Consider adding these outside-the-box vocal warm-ups to get the full effect: 1.  Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks Try to consume as little caffeine as possible before doing your vocal warm ups, and avoid ice cold drinks

Get Started with Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More