Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Helene
I have two children who are students. One did not want to play any instrument but is going to a performing arts school. Barbara took tha
t into account and focused the teaching on things my child would use in school like accompanying singers, reading music, playing show tunes.My other child has a completely different focus. Barbara keeps her engaged and learning even though the interests are entirely different. Barbara knows much more than just piano. She knows about the music business and what it takes to succeed as a musician. She is a great resource and teacher."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Lauren
"Amelia has been a wonderful teacher! She is very patient in working with both my daughter & myself. She really helps you grasp the nuances of the song y
ou're working on to bring out the best of your vocal abilities. We've thoroughly enjoyed working with her."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Dennis
"As at least an intermediate guitarist I learned classical guitar from my daughter, William's student.
Although I am a parent of a former student of Willi
am's I would like to submit a review that has been long overdue. It is late here in NH but it took me an hour to figure out how to get here AND write this review and dread missing the opportunity. I felt compelled to find my daughter guitar lessons. I taught myself rock and fingerpicking by ear, never learned to read music but was convinced that classical guitar was the foundation on which guitar playing is best built. So I found the only guitarist I felt I could afford. To this day I have never got more for my money on ANYTHING than the lessons for my daughter with William. He was NEVER late. He epitomizes the virtues of a genuine gentleman - personally,warmly human, and professionally. Though he always came on time he seldom left on time as my daughter had many questions and he never hesitated to answer them until she had no more. I finally confirmed that the version of Stairway To Heaven I had been playing for years was very close to note for note but not note for note when I heard the right notes as my daughter played it - having learned it from William FROM the sheet music! I would go on if it wasn't this late and would be glad to if anyone reading this is interested. Feel free to contact me or comment."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Kyle
"Ania is a wonderful teacher. I've had a great learning experience with her. She is very friendly, funny, and super knowledgeable. She creates a strong lea
rning environment and is very encouraging. I would definitely recommend her to anyone."
Muncie, IN teacher:
Review by Teresa
"Great tips to get started."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Devery
"Oliver is great! I took lessons with him for several months and learned so much. he is kind, smart, patient, fun to chat with, and exacting and will pus
h you to practice and reach beyond your comfort level. he is able to explain music theory clearly to people at all levels and would actively help me try to find pieces that I would be interested in playing, like the Twin Peaks theme or how to play Brian Eno's "On Some Faraway Beach" on piano. I'm so grateful I found him when I did and I give him my most enthusiastic recommendation."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Tina
"Anthony is a really great piano teacher and has been a great fit with my 12 YO son. Having said that, I can imagine that he'd do just great with any pers
on in any age group. If you're looking for a terrific teacher, look no further. A+ in book!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by David
"A superb teacher
My experience with Ms. Tivens was incredible. She really knows her vocal science and has such a foundation in vocal pedagogy. Also, it's
fun to work with her, not just a science class. She helped my range expand and made me feel more comfortable with high notes. Due to her extensive performance background, she has incredibly useful notes when it comes to how to sing in front of people. Just take one lesson with her and I promise you will comeback."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Amie
"Kind, perfect instruction, goes at your pace, and offers more challenging tasks. I will continue taking lessons from her for a while! P.S. Very skilled.
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!
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."
Amy has been teaching private students since 2014 and is currently available to teach students in their home or from her own home in Orange. Amy looks forward to helping students learn the proper techniques to be able to sing with vocal health and confidence.
She began studying voice at age 15 and went on to receive her degree in Vocal Performance from CSU, Fullerton where she studied classical and musical theater styles. Amy has worked consistently on stage with theater companies from San Diego to Orange County including 3D Theatricals and Musical Theatre West. She has worked for the p
ast 17 years as a professional Christmas Caroler at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and other OC and LA venues, most recently moving into the position of Musical Director for the OC-based company.
Amy understands that each student will work at their own pace and will need individual assistance catered to their own personal needs.
Lilia B. August 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Amy it's very creative and fun teacher to learn with , she gives me the confidence be better every time I take her lessons ! For someone like me with cero experience on singing .... it's fabulous ! Thanks Amy !!!
Ben July 4, 2015
Jazz Voice ·
Amy has a great command of technique and such an easy manner. She is super-friendly and was always positive with me. I've worked with several voice teachers, so I know what there is out there to choose from. Amy is definitely in the upper-echelon of teachers in her style, her personality, and her depth of knowledge. She sings pretty great, too.
Randy June 25, 2015
Music Performance ·
For over 20 years Amy has impressed me with her singing and performance. As a performer, she is absolutely TERRIFIC! As Mixed Company's Music Director, Amy has elevated our music, our singers, their musicianship, and their performance to such a high level that our top clients, (Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Five Crowns Restaurant, and Summit House Restaurant) rest easy knowing that the overall quality of our performance cannot be equalled anywhere in the Christmas Caroling industry. Amy has my heartfelt gratitude, and my highest recommendation.
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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In my experience, many students make progress during a lesson and often return to the next lesson with the new skills forgotten. Merely practicing songs, without specific structure usually leads to singing the song repeatedly. While this does familiarize you with the song, it does not help you improve from a technical stan …
Practice Tips: Vocal Warm-Ups & Technique
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In my experience, many students make progress during a lesson and often return to the next lesson with the new skills forgotten. Merely practicing songs, without specific structure usually leads to singing the song repeatedly. While this does familiarize you with the song, it does not help you improve from a technical stan
5 Best Bass Guitar Brands on a Budget
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Learn to Play Guitar: 4 Common Myths Debunked
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How Often Should You Tune a Piano?
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Learn How to Sing with Voice Lessons: 6 New-Student FAQs
Thinking about taking voice lessons? Getting that one-on-one guidance is key when you want to learn how to sing. Here, Saint Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. discusses some of the FAQs she has received, to help you get started:
I've taught piano and voice lessons for the past 11 years. Over that time, many different questions, from parents, colleagues, and students themselves, have come my way. If you're thinking about starting voice lessons yourself, or if you have a child who'