Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Elizabeth
"Melody is a total genius. Don't hesitate!
I have been looking for a vocal coach who could ACTUALLY fix the challenges with my voice and singing style wit
h rigorous practical technique and training. Melody is one of the few teachers I've encountered who has made a difference in my singing abilities literally with each subsequent lesson. She is super fun and challenging but positive. HIGHLY recommended. :)"
Pittsburgh, PA teacher:
Review by Erin
"Awesome Guitar AND Music Teacher
Ayme was an awesome teacher! I learned all the basics and a few full songs in a very short time. Also, her music and art
ist knowledge is amazing. She introduced me to so many cool artists and songs I had never heard of. Ayme rocks!!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Sam
"Mack's a great teacher, we recommend him!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Mary
"Jenny is approachable and knowledgable. She meets students at their level, and works with them to improve them. My child has been taking lessons from Jenn
y for over a year, and has improved greatly. I highly recommend Jenny!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Mehardad
"He is very professional."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dorie
"Talented, dedicated teacher
Sarah is a very sweet and extremely talented singer who takes pride in her students' work. She is friendly and patient and he
r techniques have help me to better my singing, even after taking voice lessons for many years. Definitely going back to her!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Patricia
Nicole is an excellent teacher. She is very personable and has a lot of patience. She is very skilled at teaching."
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Kristie
"Ryan has been teaching our son since January, and we have been very happy with him! He is very knowledgeable and does a great job teaching in a manner th
at my 8-year old can understand. He is very patient and encouraging, and we are thrilled to have found him!"
For eight years now, Samantha has combined her love of music with her passion of cultivating an understanding and affinity to music in others by maintaining a private voice and piano studio for all ages and levels. As a performer herself, Samantha understands what it is like to be a student. Therefore, she makes it a goal to create a warm and nurturing environment while simultaneously challenging and daring her students to reach beyond what they think is possible.
A current voice student wrote this about Samantha:
"I love taking lessons with Samantha! She really has a lot of patience and
works well with my voice. She doesn't give up on helping me reach notes, and makes me realize that I can do more with my voice than I would expect. She has developed my voice in the best way possible. I look forward to every lesson with her!"
In addition to teaching, Samantha maintains an active performance schedule as an opera singer. Described as being “silver-voiced,” soprano Samantha Geraci-Yee most recently “brought down the house” as Tuptim in The King and I with Central Florida Lyric Opera where she is a Resident Artist. Prior to her residency, she made her professional symphonic debut with Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni). Ms. Geraci-Yee has also performed roles including Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), Yum-Yum (The Mikado), and Anne (A Little Night Music).
Samantha completed her Bachelor of Music Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master of Music Degree from Temple University.
A Little More about Lessons with Samantha. . . One of my strengths as a teacher is that I can easily cater and adjust to the needs of the student and their learning processes. I formulate my lesson plans according to the level, experience, and goals of the student. Each lesson is extremely personalized and highly individualized to maximize the potential success of the student during our time together.
Research has proven that performing music is one of the few activities that engages both the left and the right portions of the brain simultaneously. Towards this end, my teaching places equal importance on developing a strong technique all while nurturing creative instincts.
All ages and levels are welcomed!
Richard G. February 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
A fantastic teacher concerned with helping me be the best I can be.
Justinne F. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
She's very patient and will help nurture and utilize your own individual voice and sound!
YolandaF1 May 22, 2012
Samantha is a very good teacher. She gave good suggestion on how to use your fingers correctly and how to read the notes.I highly recommend her to others who are beginners like me. She is also has angelic voice.Thanks Samantha for your patience.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, at the age of 9, Natalie knew music was something that was just a part of who she was. Writing songs on the piano before lessons could be scheduled, Natalie found herself immersed in a medium that would bring her joy for the rest of her life.
By age 14 Natalie had won several trophies competing in Classical piano with the Illinois Music Association.
As an adult, she would go on to fill her life with the world of music as a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist.
Graduating from Elmhurst College (1997) with a Bachelor's in M
usic, Natalie received high accolades earning a membership in the Lambda Sigma Psi Music Honor Society.
During her college years, Natalie created and owned a local music publication called, "The Local Buzz". At this moment she had discovered her desire to teach. "I just wanted everyone I knew in music to know and use what I was learning, or had learned from the music classes, professionals I had been meeting and working with, and my overall music life experiences". By 1997, Natalie was signed to an independent label and embarked on a new adventure.
"Music is an adventure, but without the foundation and passion I had as a child, I would have never landed where I did. I truly LOVE to teach and share what I know about piano, and the world of music. Music is what I know, and know best. Helping to create a solid foundation and build confidence in someone embarking on a journey in music is the most rewarding profession I have ever had the honor of participating in."
*** Lesson Details *** Natalie enjoys teaching students of any age, but specializes in piano, voice (beginner to intermediate) and beginning guitar, tailoring lessons to each individual's goals and reasons for learning whether it be for personal pleasure or professional performance.
Keeping things lighthearted and fun, Natalie breathes confidence into each student using her sense of humor, and down-to-earth personality.
Feeding off her 35 years of personal and professional experiences, Natalie patiently listens to the student's desires, needs and notates their learning patterns, allowing for growth at their own pace.
Natalie's goal is to Make Music Matter to you and create a foundation that will allow you to continue to find joy in making music for the rest of your life.
*** Studio Equipment *** Designated music space in the living room with a Spinet piano, guitars and comfortable seating.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide lessons, music, and laptop computer. Now doing "portable lessons"! Don't have a piano?? I bring the piano/keyboard to you!
*** Specialties *** Piano - Classical Style and Methods
Al August 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Natalie does a wonderful job teaching. She mixes the right level of encouragement, disciple, and fun. I have really enjoyed my lessons so far and signed up for some more!
Tyrone J. July 28, 2015
Online Verified Student
Fun first lesson...Natalie's enthusiasm filtered right through the screen to me, and the energy provided my "get away" from the rigors of the day. She was organized and followed up to make sure all my homework was sent correct digitally. Looking forward to my next lesson
Nicole R. July 1, 2015
Online Verified Student
She is very encouraging and easy to work with! Recommend!
Hi. My name is Debbie and I am a first grade teacher. I have taught first grade for the past three years and am passionate about teaching students to read. I also have taught piano students as young as 7 and as old as 17 for the past two years. I enjoy working with kids and am well qualified with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.
I am a retired band director with thirty-two years of experience. Many of my former students have gone on to great careers, including a band director in Texas, district manager of a Guitar and Drum Center store and even a trumpet player with the Army in Korea! Prior to that, I spent three years as a bugler in the U.S. Army with the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps near Washington, D.C. Besides all the woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, I play and teach piano and accompany my students at recitals. I have five children of my own in music who perform and teach extensively.
John August 16, 2015
Mr. Arnold has a very thorough knowledge of music and what it takes to physically create music. If you don't understand something one way, he will explain it in other way's that you do understand. He seems to have no limit to his patience and caring about his student's. A great sense of humor, a guy you would like as a neighbor.
Joseph August 16, 2015
We found Mr. Arnold to be one of the best tutors around. He was easy to work with our changing schedule. He covered all the areas we needed, and was able to provide instruction through all levels of talent. We felt blessed for all the help he gave us, but also for the positive roll model he was.
Making music and Teaching music has always been a huge part of my life! Music has brought such joy to my personal life and the lives of my students and their friends and family. I teach music because it is such a wonderful experience for everyone involved from the practice room to the performance. I hold a Degree in Music Education from Kent State Univ. I have conducted both chorus and orchestra, established small singing groups and founded the Strings of Gold. I promised my own children that music would bring adventures, and they are all performing throughout the world today. Many of my priv
ate students experience new friendships at music camps, orchestras, bands, churches, and find a wonderful purpose in school through their participation in music programs. I am excited that you are interested in taking music lessons! I look forward to sharing your musical adventure .
Jen August 18, 2015
Mrs. Arnold was very positive and encouraging. Punctual for lesson times. Challenged my students & provided opportunity to excel and become proficient. Encouraged students to not only practice and play well in self-discipline, but also in service to others.
Pam August 13, 2015
Cara is one of the most talented and incredible music teachers that I have ever known. She taught two of my children for the past several years - my son studied violin and my daughter studied piano. Cara has an incredible gift to understand how children learn and to encourage their confidence. She personally helped my son to not only do well, but to excel by becoming concert-master, winning a concerto competition and to gain entrance into a very acclaimed string music program.
It is one thing to simply teach and quite another to develop children into talented musicians. Cara understands children, she is extremely knowledgeable about music and incredibly talented at being more than just a teacher, She provides not only a lesson but helps children to see the possibilities of music and was a tremendous help to me to better understand how to guide my children's musical aspirations. I consider her one of the most talented individuals that I have ever known and would not hesitate to have my children enrolled as one of her students.
Margaret August 12, 2015
Hi, Three of our children took violin lessons with Cara Arnold for 4-5 years. She was an amazing violin teacher. She understood how to tailor her lessons to each individual child and was adept at finding music pieces that were challenging but also fun for the kids to learn. She has an enthusiasm for violin that she shared with our children and was always encouraging to them- but was also able to toe the line or ask for more when needed. I highly recommend her as a violin teacher. She is thoroughly knowledgeable in her subject and has years of experience with all ages. She also completely enjoys her job and it shows.
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