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."
Randy is an energetic, creative, and encouraging teacher who is passionate about music and enjoys inspiring others to pursue music as a form of creative expression. He's been playing guitar since 2004 and has experience teaching every level of student; from those picking up the instrument for the first time, to more advanced players looking to fine tune their art.
*** Lesson Details *** In the introductory lesson I ask students what styles of music they like and if there is any specific genre they would like to learn. I've taught various playing styles including Classic Rock, Blues, Metal, Fu
nk, Reggae, & Ska as well as more chill acoustic riffs. Throughout the lessons, my students will learn songs, scales, chords, progressions, music theory, guitar tabs, and many techniques that can take them to the next level. Lessons run smoothly as I am a very patient and easy-going instructor who ensures the student is having fun while learning!
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a guitar and/or bass for myself and a guitar for my student. They can choose an electric or electric/acoustic guitar. I can also provide an effects box with equalizers, amp models, and effects as well as all of the necessary cables.
*** Specialties *** All types of Rock, especially Classic Rock and Alternative
Darin A. February 5, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Polite, Responsive, Knowledgeable and Engaging
Randy just got started teaching my 9 year old son. He ran a few minutes late because of a major snow and ice storm but he gave me a call to let me know he'd be a little late. He's very considerate and polite. My son responded to him and most importantly LISTENED really well to him. Randy took interest in my son's likes so that he can start tailoring the sessions for him. After one session, my son is practicing chords for a classic rock and roll song that I can recognize from another room!
I had also had him send me an email with suggestions/recommendations on books, websites, apps, etc. and he promptly had something over to me a few hours later after his other appointments.
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!
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.
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.
Rebecca N. July 23, 2014
I am a retired education professional returning to piano having had some lessons in childhood and, briefly, about 25 years ago. In some ways I am a beginner, but I also had some skills - reading the treble clef, knowing the names of the keys, and singing ability, as well as the smattering of earlier lessons. Shirley is amazing! She takes a very personalized approach which reflects my interests and abilities but also sound principles for teaching piano. I was quite nervous about starting to study piano at my age but she has managed to both challenge me and encourage me. She was quick to realize that my love of singing and vocal skills could be applied to learning piano and moving from technique to musicality and helps me do that. After 4 months of lessons I am determined to succeed and starting to believe that I can - thanks to Shirley!
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."
I'm Ross and I'm a Berklee College of Music Alumni who's played and recorded around the United States. I've recorded in professional recording studios in Saint Louis, played at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, and performed at the House of Blues. I've been fortunate enough to play with talented musicians around the country and further hone both my performance and songwriting craft.
Nothing speaks better than results. Check out my songs on Spotify at https://play.spotify.com/track/0sU4N4F95McGTV4m7d7LGA and https://play.spotify.com/track/36ALgUiadItHVjc1rkYm1v.
A few quick things I can teach
you from the beginning: how to write a good-sounding chord progression without any guesswork, why the secret to melody is rhythm, how lyrics should dictate where your song goes--not the chords, how sequences make your listener's spine tingle, and much more.
With me, you'll learn the foundation of great music. We'll study how tension and release actually works. We'll study how each musical idea sets up an expectation and how we can strategically defy those expectations to create anticipation in our listener. We'll study which chords want to move where and why. We'll study how to make a series of notes more melodic. We'll study how music really works.
If you're ready to unlock the songwriting secrets of the Beatles and the other greatest songwriters and performers of all time, contact me. I'm ready to help you meet your potential.
Amanda July 28, 2015
Ross is a wonderful instructor! I began taking lessons from him with a few years of guitar experience under my belt. He began our lesson by having me play some chords as to asses my skill level. From there we jumped right in. His passion for the instrument and easy-to-understand way of teaching got me excited about learning guitar again! I hadn't felt so motivated since I first picked up a six string. I moved from just being able to strum chords to knowing how to play scales, finger pick, and decipher some theory (not perfectly but he'll get me there). Thanks Ross!
Sarah July 20, 2015
What an experience! Learning to play guitar has been a dream of mine for ever, but I never made time to make it happen and I was nervous that I was too old to start learning. Ross showed me that there is no such thing! I was able to go at a pace that I felt was comfortable. Ross was really great and constantly keeping me motivated and cheering me on, and now I can "perform" multiple songs when I get together with my friends and family!
Meghan July 20, 2015
Ross was a wonderful guitar teacher!
He has a unique method of teaching guitar that really works. He helps you learn how to play guitar, rather than just going through the motions. I've always wanted to learn how to play some of my favorite John Mayer songs, and he was able to help me learn the 'method to the madness' that I will be able to take with me to expand my horizons even more. His teachings will stick with me forever! Not only is he an amazing mentor, but he was extremely personable and considerate! I know who i'll be seeing for any future guitar-playing needs :)
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