Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by King
"Tanisha is the perfect coach and teacher. She provides both services at such a high level, I definitely would not be where I am today without her guidance
through the few short weeks I have worked with her, I have improved in my live performances as well as my mental aspects of my singing. the homework she gave during the week has literally changed my confidence and performance. I have never had so many compliments after a concert. It is both uplifting and affirming the hard work I've put into my vocals!! I only see a bright future ahead with Tanisha and myself."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Michele
"Jordan teaches one on one with ease and patience. I've repeatedly seen him calmly redirect my nine-year old son in numerous slips of attention during less
ons. Excellent instructor!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Emily
"Jon is a wonderful teacher! I have been playing violin all my life but never learned theory. I told Jon what I wanted to learn, and every week he has so
mething prepared that helps me learn just what I want. He is patient and encouraging. When I bring something in that I want to work on, not on his lesson plan, we spend time on that too. I am very pleased with my lessons with Jon. And he's nice, fun, and friendly."
Portland, OR teacher:
Review by Jordan
"I had an amazing experience with Diedrich!! He was very astute to my needs and my goals. He was very patient but at the same time was able to motivate me
to work harder. I came for vocal lessons but at the same time he instructed me on guitar basics, it was the first time taking a guitar lesson. I always left feeling upbeat and a tad more accomplished!! Thanks Diedrich!!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Sam
"She is a very good teacher.
Mrs. Melodie B. is a very good teacher. She is really funny. She will help you on anything that you are stuck on. She is very
patients and friendly. I recommend her to you."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by S
"I took 5 in-home guitar lessons from Steve and loved every minute! I had never played guitar before so we were starting from scratch. We covered a lot o
f information, tailored to what I wanted to learn, and I felt like I made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Steve was always on time, well-prepared for lessons, and was very encouraging. I would recommend Steve to anyone interested in taking guitar lessons."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Chelsea
"Emily is an amazing teacher. She is super supportive and very knowledgeable. She has helped me open up my voice so much. I love how she structures her les
sons--we do exercises in the beginning and then we work on musical and acting details in my songs in the second half. She challenges me but is encouraging all the while. She also has a great way of keeping things simple and straight forward. I would recommend her to anyone who would like to find more ease and enjoyment in singing!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Kamal
South Bend, IN teacher:
Review by Julie B
"Wow! What can I say, he is GREAT at what he does! His home studio is perfect for lessons and he is was prepared to meet me as a beginner. He is patient, f
ocused and has a natural style to communicate what needs to be done to accomplish what I wanted to do on the guitar!"
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
Celia B. February 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Natalie made my daughter's first lesson such an enjoyable experience. Can't wait for lesson #2!
Rich LeBlanc January 17, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I am an older student that has been predominantly self-taught, and wanted some assistance with my songwriting. What better teacher is there than one with than one that is signed, is proficient at music theory and teaches a number of instruments? Natalie has used a variety of resources to help move me forward.
Michael P. December 8, 2015
Online Verified Student
My son is very please about the first day with Nathalie, she is a good tutor
Are you ready to start performing? Or perhaps you'd just like to play your instrument for your own enjoyment? Either way you have come to the right place. Studying with me will be both fun and challenging. I will have you making music immediately and also provide easy steps towards mastering your skills at any level. I specialize in ear training and music theory so you will be reading music and making music from what you hear. I have been teaching and performing for many years. The easiest way to put it is: "Do what I say, and you will have results." You will have an all around musical educat
ion that will be fun to share. Get ready to make some music!
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are geared specifically to the student based on age, musical preference, and seriousness of performance level desired. I emphasize the theory based on the circle of fifths and the relationship of intervals and modes. I want my student to understand how music is made and why it sounds the way it does. My students will recognize sounds and modes and chords between different songs even if they are hearing them for the first time.
*** Studio Equipment *** The in-studio lessons are taught in the largest room in the house. The room includes a guitar, bass, 88 key weighted keyboard, and drum kits. Seating is available. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** Casio Privia Electric piano. 88 weighted keys. Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. Yamaha Bass. Tama Drums.
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. Many of my adult students have enjoyed the accomplishment of playing an instrument and sharing their music with friends and family. I am excited that you are interested in taking music lessons! I look forward to sharing your musical adventure .
Marilyn and Ivan December 21, 2015
Cara was our children's instructor for 10-1/2 years. When she and her husband moved to Florida, students and their families were sad. Many of us see one another from time to time and we all miss Cara. She is a wonderful teacher! Exceptional!
Debbie S. October 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Cara has the patience of Job. After 2 lessons I played my first song. I am loving the violin!
Michael K. September 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Cara was wonderful with my son. He has aspergers and she was very patient with him. She was able to connect with him and make it a great deal of fun for him.
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