Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Amanda
"Anna Lisa is a remarkable teacher who genuinely cares for her students and provides a fun and encouraging learning environment.
I have been taking lesson
s from Anna Lisa for about two years now and she is an absolutely phenomenal teacher. From my first lesson with her I have made huge improvements in my singing. She is personable, fun to work with, and seeks opportunities for her students outside of lessons (competitions, masterclasses with other professional singers, recitals, and audition opportunities) and genuinely cares for your success and growth as a singer. She has taken time outside of our lessons to help me prepare for auditions and recitals. Anna Lisa has improved the tone, strength, and quality of my singing, and has even extended the range of my voice. Anna Lisa takes even personally tailors individual lessons to work with me on problem areas and helps with choreographing and working on stage presence and posture for performances. Songs and notes that were once difficult for me are now so much easier to sing. She is an extremely talented performer as well, so learning from Anna Lisa is an honor and an amazing opportunity. I highly recommend Anna Lisa; she goes above and beyond to ensure the success of her students."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Rike
"Fantastic instructor! Extremely talented and knowledgeable about music. Very encouraging and patient. My daughter has learned a lot and really enjoys t
he lessons. I definitely recommend him!!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Don
"Eric is excellent. Very patient, creative and flexible."
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Mark
"Excellent, takes time to explain music so I can have a better understanding of the whole process.
I look forward to each class as I learn more."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Bob
"Andrew is a great teacher! He is really patient and easy going. He makes my daughter feel really comfortable during the lessons which I think is very impo
rtant for a beginner. I would definitely recommend Andrew to everyone!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Miguel
"Justine is very patient when teaching, and always has great advice to give at the end of a lesson. Her sessions are concise, friendly, and very helpful. S
he was a great teacher for me, as a beginner."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Scott
"Alex White's ability to conduct a full band rehearsal matches that of most senior band directors. He can pull music out of us we didn't realize we had. He
has a natural gift but doesn't take it for granted. He works hard to improve his skill every day.
His voice, like his flute, is a beautiful thing to hear too. Just sayin!"
Columbus, GA teacher:
Review by Regina
"I have nothing but great things to say about Zak N., my daughter's instructor - he is SUPER with her and has given her confidence and the self-esteem she
lacked before. I would refer family/friends and others to him in a heartbeat!!! He is the BEST!!!
Zak has gone so far out of his way to accommodate us. He has taken my daughter under his wing, insisting that she surpasses him in his expertise and spends 4 times the amount of time he is getting paid for, just to increase her skills and confidence. This is all while he attends two different colleges on a full-time basis!!! He is simply amazing, and incredibly talented!"
Cincinnati, OH teacher:
Review by George
"Gabe is the real deal! Not only is he a detailed and thorough vocal technician, but his experience as a performer offered valuable insight for my perform
ing. He's flexible and really goes the extra mile to make sure his students are understanding what he's working on with them. He realizes teaching vocal technique and coaching audition / performance is NOT a cookie-cutter approach. He understands different people absorb and retain instruction in different ways. I also really appreciated the detail in conveying emotion and character in songs. Gabriels Broadway and Las Vegas experience was helpful in a very practical way to my time working with him in terms of auditioning, and stage performance. I really appreciated his wisdom, guidance, and advice. Additionally, I found his relaxed and un-intimidating manner to be completely relaxing and helpful in opening up in lessons. I highly recommend this talented performer and instructor."
Dan is a teacher and guitarist from Kansas City, KS. As a teenager he studied blues and jazz with former B.B. King sideman Dwight Foster. This background aided him when he took classes in jazz improvisation and music composition at the University of Kansas. At KU, he started giving guitar lessons and teaching English Literature to help pay tuition. He also joined the blues-rock/metal hybrid Inphobic, a group that went on to play with Carlos Santana, Everlast, and Cheap Trick among others.
After finishing his MA at Pittsburg State University, he returned to Kansas City and began te
aching in the Kansas City, KS school district. His five years of high school teaching (to go along with another three at the college level) has showed him that being a great teacher is both the greatest challenge and the greatest reward. As a result, he has dedicated himself to combining that passion for teaching with his love for the guitar and music.
Over the last few years, he has developed guitar curriculum that both teaches students things they want to know as well as how to communicate with other musicians in almost any musical capacity. He frequently shows up at local jam sessions and plays studio sessions.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are very relaxed but still move at a fast pace. I realize that not all students learn at the same rate and in the same manner and I do my best to accommodate whatever the needs of the student might be. Students will learn a variety of styles but there always be an emphasis on their specific interests as it relates to the guitar.
A beginning student will be given a solid background in theory and in reading music as well as learning songs that they want to learn. In three months, the beginning student will be able to play basic songs and read music, as well as begin to apply theory to a variety of musical styles. In six months, the beginning student will be developing more difficult techniques on the guitar, beginning to learn the art of lead guitar and learning more complicated tunes. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome too, but they may want to focus on specific styles, techniques or songs.
*** Studio Equipment *** Guitar, amp, etc.
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar, amp, etc. The student should contact the instructor if s/he needs to borrow a guitar for the lesson.
*** Specialties *** Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz, Improvisation, and Composition at all levels beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Eugene K. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dan is a fantastic instructor. He is very personable, patient, upbeat, and has made my guitar learning lots of fun with a new song almost every week, and new exercises that help me get better. With lots of travel, and little kids I haven't had much practice time, but Dan is very encouraging and is able to help me with song choices that make we want to pick up the guitar every time I can. I would strongly encourage you to seek Dan for learning guitar - you will be happy that you did.
Brian M. July 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I have had two other guitar teachers in the past. Daniel far exceeds any of the previous two! I wouldn't hesitate for a nano-second to recommend him to others! If you are looking for a good guitar teacher, look no further.
Anchalee C. November 29, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Dan is a passionate teacher who makes the lesson fun!
Dan is patient and a great teacher. My son started learning how to play electric guitar with Dan and has developed a lot of progress in the past five months. Dan always shares the stories when teaching the lessons to make the lessons enjoyable. He has adapted his teaching style and lessons to suit my 7 year old beginner.
He is always on time, flexible and works with our schedule when we occasionally have conflicts. He encourages my son to ask questions and practice the variety of songs he teaches. I will not hesitate to recommend Dan if someone is looking for a knowledgeable and great teacher who cares about his students and teaches them what they want to know.
For the last 40 plus years, I have taught children as young as 3 and adults as old as ahh they won't tell me!
'I have been participating in band and musical programs for over 30 years in the Kansas City Area. I am activity in a brass octet called the "Joyful Sound Brass Ensemble". We play at nursing home, churches, and other function in and around our area.
I began my musical training when I was 5. I started on a small 12 bass accordion and loved it. I moved up to the full size accordions when I was 6 years old and it wa
s as big as I was! I wanted to learn more, so my mom took pity on me and pulled out her alto saxophone for me when I was 8. My love of music grew more with each instrument I learned. With the help of my band teachers in middle school and high school, I studied: Alto, tenor and bass saxophone, clarinet, flute,and piano before I left high school. My band instructor and his wife gave me a wonderful opportunity to play in the Stage band in high school along with a special band during the summer. Their guidance and encouragement lead me into a wonderful College where I studied music. In 1970, I graduated from Adams State College now (Adam's State University) in Alamosa Colorado in 1974 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Music.
*** Lesson Details *** I try to make it enjoyable for everyone and hopefully they learn and acquire the needed skills quickly in the process. I believe it takes a lot of positive reinforcement and repetitive motions to learn anything physical. Each person is different as is the speed they learn at, it all depends on a positive attitude and there dedication to try to do their best. The trick to learning is making it fun and wanting to keep doing it.
At first I introduce each student to various types of music. This helps them to recognize a rhythm, or understand alternatives to a difficult fingering. This helps with at home practicing, never let them get bored and not challenged.. I will be adding new music all the time for them to try. If there is something specific you really want to learn, I will help you with it. I will do my best to make sure that the piece is at your learning level or below. My goal is for them to succeed and not get frustrated in the process. Remember we can always use it later if it isn't just right for you now. .
I think sight-reading is very important. It develops a personal ability to read music (it pushes you to learn rhythm and note identification quickly) and this in turns builds more confidence in what you are doing. Now if we add duets to it, this will be even make more interesting and enjoyable. Usually the first time it seems hard, but we will take it slow and before long it becomes something that the student will look forward to. Reading music is the key to learning and enjoying music. Once this is done the student has had time to hear and beginning to explore. This is when a new and creative part begins with improvisation and learning to make your own music.It is simply waiting for your exploration.
The student will progress as fast or slow as they want. It all depends on how comfortable they are after each lesson. I will either assign a new lesson or use the last with something new to help you gain a better understanding of what was being taught and something new to learn each week. Each week will be different, and never the same unless that is what you want!
The student is asked to buy a lesson book for their instrument. A 3 ring binder with plastic inserts is also an excellent addition. to add the supplemental material that always seems to get lost somewhere? This book becomes part of your repertoire, maybe it will become your most valued and loved memories of how far you have gone.
*** Studio Equipment *** Please bring your own instrument for your lessons, unless it is a piano :) I have a studio piano to give lessons on. Music lesson book is available for purchase for students individual instrument. I will furnish stands for the lessons.
There is parking and parents are welcome and encouraged to come in and join in the lesson or just wait, listen and watch. Its up to you,
*** Travel Equipment *** Bring your books and instrument and stand if outside the studio.
*** Specialties *** I have worked with special need students, along with the gifted students. Every student has to be taught differently. This is one thing I have had to learned to do with 40+ years of teaching and raising my own children and grandchildren.
I have played all genres of music at one time or another, but my favorite is playing in a old style swing Band. There is nothing sweeter than a good old dance band with swing and blues. I have far more training and exposure on the woodwind instruments because of my background, but will teach the others instruments gladly. Music is a gift that needs to be shared with generation to generation..
Heidi O. October 10, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Kathleen is very patient and encouraging. I am learning a lot because of her teaching and knowledge! I would definitely recommend her to anyone as a wonderful instructor.
Ashton P. February 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Kathleen is an Awesome teacher
Kathleen is a great teacher who pushes you towards excellence! She has in depth knowledge of the instruments she teaches and music in general. She is patient and an all around great teacher!
Joseph L. November 19, 2013
Kathy is a wonderful teacher
My son is 9 and has been taking lessons with Kathy for about 5 months. We started him on lessons right after the instrument "try it" day the summer prior to him starting band. He went into the try it day wanting to play drums and ended up changing his mind to play flute! He didn't know anything about the flute or how to read music when he started and she had him going in not time. My wife and I are both band nerds and highly recommend Kathy for any instrument instruction needs. She has always been wonderful at meeting our son's needs and adjusting her lessons as needed to meet the needs of my son.
My wife and I have been teaching piano lessons in the Kansas City area for more than 16 years. We have studios in our home; she teaches upstairs and I teach downstairs! I am currently accepting new students and welcome the opportunity to see them grow and experience the joy of piano playing.
My full-time job is serving as the minister of music at a local suburban church. I work with all of the vocal and instrumental programs there and direct choirs and orchestra. While some of my piano students are also involved in church music, I also teach students in the entire Kansas City area and w
e cover every genre: classical, country, pop, rock and Broadway styles. I encourage each pianist to discover his or her own passion for playing!
I have more than 30 years of experience teaching private piano students and look forward to many, many more. Let me help you learn to play the piano with excellence and have a lot of fun in the process!
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect to have a teaching environment that is professional and conducive to learning. My lessons include instruction in theory, technique and exposure to a variety of musical styles. Beginners will learn to play songs within 3 months time and gradually expand their repertoires to include more difficult piano pieces!
Beginning students are taught fundamental skills that apply to all piano players such as scales and arpeggios. Hanon exercises are used and chromatic scales are learned as well. I use Alfred teaching materials but not exclusively.
I encourage students to find their own favorites to play and lessons are tailored to meet the goals of the student. If your desire is to become a classical pianist, we concentrate on works of the masters. If you are wanting to improvise with a jazz band, we work toward ear training with the jazz greats! If you would like to play in a church worship service, we will focus our attention on service playing and playing worship songs by ear, too.
*** Studio Equipment *** Den: upright, couch and recliner, parents can sit in on lesson
*** Specialties *** Classical and church music
Christie F. September 26, 2012
Piano Verified Student
I really enjoy piano lessons. He is very positive and keeps me learning. I love piano!
MollyK July 30, 2012
Mr. T is very patient with my 6 year old daughter, and has been great to work with. My daughter really enjoys going to piano. He gives a lot of positive reinforcement. She is really picking up the piano quickly and its thanks to Mr T.
KatieP March 6, 2012
Very encouraging and makes learning fun by incorporating the history of music. Teaches at a pace that you are comfortable with, while still challenging you.
David picked up the guitar when he moved from his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 19 and hasn't looked back since. 7 years and countless hours of practicing, performing and teaching later, David plays at multiple venues in the Kansas City area while teaching from his studio at Guitar Source in Overland Park,, Southland Conservatory in Raymore, and in home tutoring service Mobile Music Teachers. David also teaches and records from his home studio in Raytown, MO where he offers lessons for home schoolers during the daytime hours.
As a guitarist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the guitar he has been inspired by guitarists from such diverse backgrounds as Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Pat Martino, Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, and James Taylor, to name a few. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.
David started to play the piano after years of playing the guitar. Although a second instrument, it in many ways it was the first as everything David has aspired to on the guitar is pianistic, and he draws much of his inspiration on the instrument from piano players. Correspondingly, it wasn't long before David picked up the piano itself, studying privately first with Tatev Amir and later with Karen, Kushner, Professor of Piano Studies at UMKC. David applies many of the same principles to the piano that he does the guitar including stressing a comprehensive knowledge of music theory, self transcription, ear training and classical technique as well as the more traditional facets of piano pedagogy such as sight reading and rhythm work. Students learn music theory as applied to the keyboard, sight-reading, improvisation and the application of classical technique to modern styles.
As a pianist David is motivated primarily by his passion for music. Growing up he was influenced by classical, jazz, and film scores. Since picking up the piano he has been inspired by pianists from such diverse backgrounds as Art Tatum, Nicolai Lugansky, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans among others. Today David plays and teaches a variety of different styles, ranging from rock and blues to classical and jazz.
*** Lesson Details *** I have extensive experience with all ages and skill levels. I use a curriculum specifically geared towards the guitar, as opposed to more traditional (and inferior) methods that emphasize note reading and piano pedagogy, my method will teach you music theory as it relates to the neck of the guitar and the music that the student are interested in. I am a fairly laid back teacher; we will go at your pace, but I do expect you to work hard.
With piano I use classical literature to develop technique but emphasize the development of a comprehensive understanding of music theory as applied to the keyboard. This includes but is not limited to studies in pop, rock, jazz and other style of contemporary piano.
*** Studio Equipment *** #1) Dedicated music room seating for parents
#2) Practice/rehearsal room seating for parents
#3) Amplification provided and music stand.
#4) Keyboard/Piano for student use
#5) Broadband network, dual camera, file sharing and the latest technology utilized for online lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide a music stand, my instrument, curriculum materials, music paper materials and amplification (if needed). I expect the student to have their own instrument and potentially amplification. I provide a piano for instruction but I expect my students to have a piano or keyboard for practice at home.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical and jazz guitar, however I am fluent in most styles, including rock, blues, fingerstyle, and miscellaneous. I teach from Jay EuDaly's "Vertical Truth: Chordal Mechanisms for the Guitar" but I also supplement this with a variety of other curriculum.
In piano I specialize in classical piano as well as jazz and pop.
neha S. August 30, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Great instructor with friendly attitude and knowledge
David is very informative and friendly teacher. He made me very comfortable with guitar.
I have been teaching guitar for several years. I have experience performing, recording and writing in various genres. From originals to covers, from classical to jazz to rock pop and blues.
I am also trained and experienced with developmentally disabled individuals and children with special needs.
*** Lesson Details *** Students of any level are welcome in my studio. My goal is to help you learn to play your favorite songs while also improving your technical abilities. In lessons I introduce basic music theory concepts in relation to playing, so you will not only be able to pl
ay, but be able to make sense of what youÃ¢ÂÂre playing. I work with each student individually based on skill level, prior knowledge (or lack thereof), and personal taste. YouÃ¢ÂÂre never too young or too old to start playing!
*** Studio Equipment *** Fender Acoustisonic Epiphone Les Paul Alvarez Steel String Alhambra Classical Guitar Large library of sheet music and and instructional material Mac Book Pro: - Guitar Pro - Finale - Garage Band
*** Travel Equipment *** Macbook Pro
*** Specialties *** I write/perform pieces for percussive fingerstyle guitar. Basically I take an acoustic guitar and use extensive techniques such as tapping, drumming, and scratching on the strings to play a whole piece of music. There are some great players in this genre, and I love to teach it to interested students.
Alex August 5, 2015
Classical Guitar ·
Dylan has extensive guitar experience, both teaching and performing. Highly recommended.
Matthew July 30, 2015
Music Performance ·
Before I met Dylan I was a sad excuse for a musician. I had confidence and zeal and was eager to impress. I knew nothing of communicating and of creating with out a selfish desire to be something instead of produce something. After my time with Dylan I had a sense of what performing wholeheartedly felt like. Although I don't think I made the best of my time with him because of my own attitudes towards things, in retrospect I realized learning with him about performing was one of the best lessons I could have learned and I frequently call upon our time together as one of the most productive and formative years of my life. Great person and great musician!
Mike July 28, 2015
Music Performance ·
Before I met Dylan I was just a guy who played bass. After working with him for a few months I found myself much more comfortable with calling myself a bassist. By the time our time was done I was something more, I was a musician. As someone who is now living as a professional musician I have much of that to thank to Dylan and the time we spent together. This is the teacher for you.
What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?
I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla …
10 Best Things About Being a Piano Player
What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?
I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla
How to Buy a Guitar: All Your Questions Answered
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How to Play 10 Songs on the Ukulele Using 4 Simple Chords
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The Ins and Outs of Cadences for Piano Players
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