Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by JEAN MARIE
"An amazing coach because she is a true professional singer herself. I am getting lead roles and getting recognized for my great accomplishments."
Orlando, FL teacher:
JEAN MARIE C.
Review by Rob
"Jessica Delfino is a "rara avis"
Jess has been a fun and highly learned ukulele teacher. Her ear for music is astonishing, she's eclectic, and she wants
me to enjoy the journey. And I have.
Best of all, she never winces when I miss a note."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Amber
"This teacher makes me feel that I can accomplish anything!
Amber is the best voice teacher I have ever had. I needed help quickly to prepare an audition
piece for a University I was applying to out of state. I was under a real deadline and I had heard about Amber from one of her other students. We began to work on the piece and it was obvious I needed help with some of my techniques. Even though Amber was fitting me between other scheduled lessons, she found another time the next day and we worked on technique and over the next few days finished the audition piece. It was incredible and even the voice faculty commented on my song, and they were really impressed."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Meghan
"My teenager has had lessons with Jacob for 3 years, first guitar, then piano. He has a great personality and is a very encouraging teacher. She never once
wanted to quit and never complained about going to the lessons, even with an otherwise very busy schedule, which is a testament to him and his teaching. He is a very dedicated and talented musician, and was always willing to work with whatever songs she wanted to learn. I would highly recommend him for any age kid or adult."
Dayton, OH teacher:
Review by Naoko
Kara has been my piano/voice teacher for the past few years. She is an absolutely wonderful teacher. She is always encouraging, and her advice
has always helped me immensely to perform better. Thanks to her, I won a place in the All State Chorus, and also parts in the school musical productions. She is always warm and friendly, has a fantastic sense of humor, so it was always a joy working with her. You cannot ask for a better teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Macy
"Todd is an awesome teacher!!
My 15 year-old son started lessons with Todd a few months ago. Todd is excellent with him and Ben has learned so much, so fa
st. When I pick Ben up at the end of the lesson, he and Todd are in there jamming away. Todd is never rushed and always gives Ben things to work on that are appropriate for a 15 year-old. Todd asks Ben what he wants to work on. They look it up and go for it. Ben loves bass and practices every day because he enjoys it so much."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Lindsey
"You really couldn't ask for a better teacher than Diedrich. I've been working with him for about a year on songwriting, singing, and guitar, and have impr
oved so much more than I ever expected. I had no songwriting experience when I started, and with his help, I've gained the skills and confidence to write songs I feel good about. He’s patient, supportive, and genuinely cares about helping you be the best you can be. I always walk away from lessons feeling like I understand something I didn't before. He’s inspiring to learn from. You’d be lucky to have him as a teacher."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Lisa Altenbach
"Ok ...I am the mom paying for the lessons and I can say we get our moneys worth! Dan is a talented musician and a great teacher. He is patient with the ki
ds and flexible with time . Always willing to make up lessons or change out times. The songs he teaches are enjoyable to listen to and the kids have done well . The recital was at the library , very casual and low stress for the kids and parents. Dan worked with each student on an individual basis to improve their performance. Thanks Dan!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Elizabeth
"Learning more and more each time.
Great teacher with young kids. Very patient with beginners."
I am an experienced, enthusiastic music instructor, who started playing piano around 8 years of age and participated in many musical activities. I received my Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in Music Education (voice and piano). I have appeared around the world as a soloist singing jazz and pop, including the Blue Note, NYC, and appeared as a guest soloist at the 2000 Southern California Summer Special Olympics. I also participated in ensemble groups such as the Masterworks Chorale in NYC, and the Verdi Opera Chorus of Southern California; and curr
ently I volunteer at the Senior Center leading/accompanying the Sing-Alongs.
Inspired by my love of music, I have been teaching piano and voice for over 20 years from NY to LA and now Orange County. In conjunction with my teaching skills, I have excellent communication skills, patience and enthusiasm, and work well with children and all ages. I feel that music is an important part of education, and it aids in the development of cognitive and motor skills. And most of all, it is fun and rewarding, and a skill to last a lifetime!
Stephanie Chen July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's a great teacher! Very informative. I feel that my singing has improved!
Myrrha G. June 23, 2015
Mrs. Chiang is a wonderful piano teacher- she always answers my questions in a way that I am able to easily understand. I love how she always makes sure that I fully understand the concept and the basics of what we are learning. She also focuses on important factors on piano playing- for example, the dynamics! She also helps me get what I need to learn something; she got me a scale book because I really wanted to start learning all the different scales. After our lessons, I feel motivated to practice playing the piano even more because of what I learned. I am grateful to have Mrs. Chiang as my piano teacher!
Frances G. April 27, 2015
She is a very kind and jolly teacher whose main motive is to have the student learn. I always finish our lessons feeling very enlightened, and I'm very glad that I have Mrs. Chiang as a piano teacher!
Alexandra has been teaching harp around the country for fifteen years through her personal harp studio and the Salvi Showroom in Southern California. She has also worked as a sectional coach for the Orange County Youth Symphony, Asia America Youth Symphony, and Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Her students are currently attending Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Barnard College, Harvard University, Boston College, University of Pennslyvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Purdue University among others. Her st
udents have also appeared on National television as well as playing for the Grammy Awards.
A strong supporter of the American Harp Society, she is currently the President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Harp Society, and serves as a Member of the Board of the American Harp Society Foundation. Alexandra is also co-chairman of the distinguished Anne Adams Awards Harp Competition where she has been a main Director for fifteen years.
Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology. She also completed premedical studies at DePauw after spending her Junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.
Alexandra's harp teachers have included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also had many mentors who have guided her life and career including: Kathleen Bride, Victor Salvi, Sally Maxwell, Patricia Masri- Fletcher, Robin Gordon- Cartier, Carrie Kourkoumelis, Dr. Craig Pare, and Karen Thielen.
Alexandra has performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis. She has also organized many masterclasses and events featuring: Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Gwyneth Wentink, Patricia Masri - Fletcher, Louise Vickerman, Sivan Magen, Sasha Boldachev, Ina Zdorovetchi, Angel Padilla Crespo, Elzbieta Szmytt, Susan Allen, Gayle Levant, Stella Castelucci, Robin Gordon Cartier, Emmanuel Ceysson, Yolanda Kondonasis, and Kim Robertson.
Alexandra has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with small ensembles, and as an orchestral harpist. She has appeared in several television shows such as General Hospital. Her playing,"Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
In addition to playing, Alexandra has also served as the Ambassador for Salvi Harps in North America for the past eight years. She has given numerous masterclasses and workshops in addition to performing at National Harp Conferences and National and Regional music showcases. In her role as National Sales Manager, she has also helped harpists from all over the world find their dream harps learn to care for them.
Apart from harp activities, Alexandra also enjoys coaching rowing, participation in sports activities, and writing articles for various journals including: The American Harp Journal, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. She also enjoys working on music startup companies.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a harp teacher, all of my students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire for students according to their technical progress and although I may take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and repertoire both orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before.
I require all students make at least an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the Grandjany method of harp technique, however, I also use Salzedo and Renie methods at times to fit a particular students' build and unique physical attributes as well as what the piece requires. I have studied all techniques throughout my education and I find them all beneficial for different reasons. I do, however, believe everyone is built differently and the technique should help the harpist play and not hinder them from achieving their goals. Everyone learns at a different speed, but as a brand new musician, after six months practicing regularly, you should be able to read music fluently, understand basic theory concepts, be able to play with both hands and four fingers on each hand, play all of the basic scales and arpeggios musically and be able to play at least one piece memorized. Curriculum is based on the student's technical ability and issues and is individually created – if you learn slower than someone else, don’t worry about your pace. In the end, lessons are about you personally and not someone else.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have harps and a piano at my studio, so you do not need to bring your harp to lessons. If you don't own a harp, you can rent one for around $45/month from several sources.
*** Specialties *** HARP - Grandjany Technique with an incorporation of Salzedo and French school depending on the player's body type and technical difficulties. I make use of the ABRSM as well as local, national, and international competitions depending on the student's level of commitment.
Yana T. June 13, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is a one of a kind instructor. She not only pushes her students to excel, but I truly believe that she inspires greatness. She treats her students with the utmost respect and works diligently to provide them with every possible resource needed for learning. She is not a teacher who will let anyone get by with putting in half the effort. She motivates me to work and perform at the highest level possible.
Melody T. June 10, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is an amazing teacher. I could not be where I am or had great opportunities such as performing at the Grammys if it wasn't for her help and support. Alex always pushes me to do my best and is truly passionate about her work!
Joy C. June 10, 2015
Alexandra is an excellent music teacher. She is by far the best harp teacher I have ever had. Alexandra has a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring. She is very patient and encouraging, and has a real gift for communicating musical concepts in a way that can be understood. My harp lessons with Alexandra are always productive and motivating, and always a pleasure. I highly recommend Alexandra as a harp teacher!
Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.
She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses vario
us sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.
Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.
For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.
For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements. Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.
*** Studio Equipment *** A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for a studio recital or masterclass.
An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in a comfortable setting.
A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.
Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or sofas for parents to observe the lesson.
Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.
Children Piano pedal.
*** Specialties *** Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.
Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.
Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.
Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.
TaleenK August 1, 2015
Ms. Shirley has been teaching my two kids (daughter 9 & son 7) for almost 2 years now. She is very dedicated and passionate about music. She challenges my children to try hard and learn good habits. She is flexible in how she approaches both of their lessons given my daughter applies more focus and discipline to her piano than my son. She tries to find ways to keep my son encouraged and interested in learning. She is very accommodating at her home and gives my children space to do their homework. I am very pleased with Ms. Shirley's knowledge, capability and dedication to teaching piano. She is a wonderful teacher.
Kathryn S. October 27, 2014
Ms. Shirley is fantastic. She is very understanding and a combinations. My son LOVES going to his piano lesson every week. She requires he work hard and pay attention. She really works hard to find good things he does and really reinforces the positive. She is always accommodating to schedule changes as well. We love having her as a teacher.
Joyce L. October 11, 2014
I have taken lessons with Xiaole for over 5 years now. She helps me to plan long term goals and to strive to play the best I can in performances and competitions. Also, she stresses forming good habits for studying for theory and practicing at home. One thing to note is that she is pretty strict. Overall, I would recommend Xiaole to anyone looking for a productive teacher.
Anthony is a graduate of the University of California Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama (Emphasis in Musical Theatre). At UC Irvine, he served as Accompanist and Musical Director for various Musical Theatre Classes and Productions. After UC Irvine, he continued his acting training in Los Angeles at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio where he is currently receiving his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Equivalent in Acting. He is a Proud Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG-AFTRA)
Anthony has trained with some of the Industry's Top Coaches and has maintained a Private Studio of his own, specializing in Professional and Personalized Instruction, for over Half a Decade. His clients include High School Students, College Students, and Industry Professionals including Actors to Recording Artists. He was recently Ranked One of the Top 5 Vocal Coaches in Los Angeles and Orange County by Industry Magazine, BACKSTAGE.
A Professional Actor and Singer himself, Anthony has performed in over 25 Regional Theatrical Productions including the Original Cast of an Off Broadway Musical. Highlights include: A Catbaret (w/Fred Willard), Sweet Smell of Success (w/Anthony Geary), Rent, The Last Five Years, Popesical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Pirates of Penzance, Titanic, I Love You Because, among many others. Anthony has also served as Director and Producer for various Independent Films and used his training as a Tour Guide for the Walt Disney Company.
Anthony is often sought out as a Master Class Instructor on Vocal Technique and Musical Theatre. In fact, he helped bring Musical Theatre Training to one of Orange County's Top Acting Schools by creating the curriculum and Co-Teaching for the first few months to get the program off its feet. After that, he moved on to start up the Acting Program at TMH Acting Studio in Orange County before making his way into Talent Management for Actors.
*** Lesson Details *** VOCAL SESSIONS During Vocal Sessions, we explore breath (including floor work and destructuring), vocal warm ups specific to your needs and goals, diction work, and song work (telling a story through song and connecting to what we are singing about).
Our goal through voice work is to get your voice to be as free, full, and connected as possible.
Various competitions are available throughout the year to students since I belong to the National Association of Teachers of Singing. (Available in 30 minute and 60 minute Sessions).
PIANO LESSONS During Piano Sessions, we explore technique, sight reading, song work (material chosen for your learning goals), and performance for recitals and competitions. Accompanist training (learning how to accompany singers) is also available to experienced pianists. (Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)
ACTING LESSONS/AUDITION COACHING In Acting or Audition Coaching Sessions we explore Acting Technique in addition to Cold Reading and Audition Preparation. In addition, Improvisational training in addition to Script Analysis is also available and part of sessions. (Available in 30 Minute and 60 Minute Sessions)
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand Piano, Recording Device, Professional Microphone, Camera
*** Specialties *** Acting the Song; Musical Theatre, Pop, Legit, Rock, and Jazz Singing
Jan B. December 30, 2014
Anthony created such an inviting, safe atmosphere that being coached on my audition material and taping my audition for this New York based tour was actually a blast! Because I was so relaxed and in such safe professional hands I was able to do my very best! Every step was attended to with such care and detail! He is amazing!
Amanda M. March 4, 2014
The Best of the Best!
"Anthony is wise beyond his years and working with him is like working with a music veteran. He knows exactly how to help his students work through trouble areas and does so with ease. He communicates in a way that helps students reach their immediate goal and apply this knowledge to all of his/her future work. His love of music and theatre, professionalism, and passion for teaching complete the package of this truly inspiring individual."
Gary B. March 4, 2014
An Excellent Vocal Coach
"Over the years that I have known him, Anthony has developed into a fine vocal coach and teacher. He has proven to be able to apply the information that he has learned from his own studies to help his students grow as stronger performers."
Edward is a classically trained Clarinetist and Composer currently based in Irvine, CA. Aside from his eclectic personal musical endeavors, he has over 5 years of music teaching experience to a variety of students ranging from young beginners (age 9+) to adult learners on the following subjects: CLARINET, MUSIC THEORY, MUSIC COMPOSITION, PIANO THEORY & SKILLS, SCORE READING, and MUSIC NOTATION. teaching formats include in-home private lessons, group lessons, and even university-level classroom teaching. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Composition from California State University
, Long Beach and California Institute of the Arts respectively.
Kozue July 26, 2015
I totally echo Cameron’s comment about Ed. He helped me for a music theory class at California Institute of the Arts in 2014, and he was such an awesome TA. He is really good at explaining concepts. I didn't have any Western music training before, and I am sure without his weekly support, I wouldn't have survived the class. Also he is so patient and never made me feel bad or embarrassed about being confused with Western theory. He is the person for me to contact if any music questions come up.
Marc (mlowen at calarts.edu) July 26, 2015
Ed was my teaching assistant for a sprawling, difficult theory course I teach at CalArts. He was fantastically successful at helping a diverse group of students understand not only the concepts but how they could be applied in a variety of musical contexts. He is patient and thoughtful. I recommend him very, very highly!
Cameron July 26, 2015
Music Theory ·
Edward tutored me during my Graduate Theory Review class at California Institute of the Arts, spring semester 2015. He was knowledgeable, patient, and attentive. I was embarrassed at how much help I needed during the semester, but during our tutoring sessions, Edward made me feel comfortable asking for whatever help was necessary. His patience is remarkable. Edward's ability to explain theoretical applications in simple terms enabled me to survive the course.
I am very pleased to highly recommend Edward for any/all teaching positions regarding music theory or instruction, musical performances, and/or concert production.
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