Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Shirley
"Great Drum Teacher
My daughter had been taking private drum lesson for years before she started with Derrick. At the first lesson, Derrick told her how i
mportant it was to feel the music, other than just working on technique. That was exactly what she needed to work on. Derrick has a broad experience with playing different type of music. He likes to show her how to play, which helps her understand right away. He is very nice and patient. He is flexible and reliable in terms of lesson schedules. He uses lots of references, songs and exercises in his teaching. Now, my daughter enjoys her lessons and practices a lot more."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Mark
"Good Piano Teacher
He is very patient, working at the level of the student. He is considerate and not pushy but gives encouragement on any effort shown.
He does not merely teach songs. I appreciate his background and understanding of music theory which is the foundation for any good teacher. He does very well in sharing that understanding, even to a young person. I definitely recommend him."
Tulsa, OK teacher:
Review by Yongsuk
"So far I had 3 lessons with her and I already noticed my singing changed for good. She is a very thoughtful and attentive teacher. Also, she should have h
ad ton of experience as she guides me to the right direction from the first lesson. Her teaching is not limited to singing techniques, but includes the whole package as how to sing and what should be in mind when singing. I highly recommend her for those who serious about singing."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Tod
"We couldn't be happier with Michael. His passion and expertise are what you'd want from a teacher (clarinet + guitar), but beyond this, he's a kind, patie
nt man who really took the effort to reach my son outside of just the lesson. This made a huge difference when it comes to keeping my son engaged.
Considering lessons? Go with Michael."
Santa Rosa, CA teacher:
Review by John
Kay has been great working with me. I am 24 and have been teaching myself guitar for about a year and then just got stuck, I didn't know how
to advance or get any better; and she has been great getting me back on track and I feel confident working on improving. I am also taking voice lessons with Kay and have never done so with anyone before and was never in choir in high school or college, and feel much more confident in my own ability. She is very good at making me feel confident and working with my difficult schedule. She has also inspired me to get back into playing piano. I played for 6 years when I was in high school and she is helping me with my musical identity. Kay is great!!!"
Colorado Springs, CO teacher:
Review by Brandi
"Jason is an excellent teacher!
Jason is very conscientious of his clients and their parents. We are a Christian homeschooling family and he has made sure
to abide by our beliefs in what music is used for and the content of the songs taught. He is extremely patient with my daughter and myself. I appreciate his teaching style; it is tailored to my daughter's level and interests. She has excelled in her ability to play for the glory of the Lord!"
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Evana
"Hi I am Evana Flores. I am Soprano 2, soon to be 18, and a senior at Coppell Highschool where I am in the A Cappella Choir and a few show choirs. Laurie a
nd I have known each other for many years now. I started taking group class lessons with her when I was in the fourth grade for musical theatre, and then soon after began taking solo lessons for fun. She was super friendly and she is great with children and taught me good songs for auditions, how to breathe with my diaphragm, and most importantly confidence. I was in a Musical Theatre company and she was one of the directors where she was able to adapt and teach a bunch of voices from kids of varying ages. Going into middle school I signed up for school choir in 7th grade and they allowed us to take Voice at school, so I only saw Laurie sporadically. It wasn't until the summer before my junior year of high school that I sought out Laurie’s help once again. I was kind of in the rut vocally and with my confidence level because I was good, but I wasn’t improving… specifically with the All State Competition. I was doing well for my age, but I wasn’t advancing as far as I had wanted to and it was frustrating. Transitioning from a 30-minute weekly school lesson to Mrs. Lauries 1 hour+ lessons was kind of overwhelming at first because these lessons were so concentrated on technique. But by the end of that summer I had already learned how to project my sound and raise my soft pallet. If that is not convincing enough, let me tell you how I did in my standings in the All State Process before and after her lessons. My freshman year I made the district choir (17th chair) and did not advance to the Region choir at the next round because I got 31st chair; I had to make top ten. The next year as a sophomore I made 11th chair at district and made 15th chair at the next round of Regionals so I was cut once again. That summer I went to Mrs. Laurie, and after having lessons for only a few months with her I was a million times better and I think my results from my junior year are quite telling. I made 6th chair at District, 3rd chair of the Region Choir, 6th chair at Pre-Are, and was 2nd Alternate to the All State Choir. I didn’t actually get to sing with the choir, or neither can I technically call myself an “All Stater” but now I know that I have the potential to be one if I work even harder this year, and Laurie saw that potential in me from the beginning, My junior year Laurie helped me make audition tapes for SWACDA and I made their Honor Choir. I also received a 1st Division rating on my solo at State Solo & Ensemble, where I had gotten a 2nd division rating the year before. But Laurie’s knowledge surpasses classical singing and she also helped me tremendously with show choir auditions and what not. In my show choir, Vivace, I auditioned for solos and a filler singing “Heart of Life” and was given the featured solo in Jai Ho and my John Mayer filler was put in the show. But beyond my accomplishments, Mrs. Laurie has been a very special influence in my life. She cares for her students as their own mother would and her encouraging personality never made lessons intimidating. In my lessons I have learned how to raise my soft pallet, proper breath control, how to lift my check bones, relax my tongue, use my lips, stand, drop my jaw, and be free in my singing (which was very hard to do with choral training). But most pertinent to my voice, she found my voice as a soloist and not as a choir member. She uncovered so much of my range as a soprano and helped me feel at ease singing there. Mrs. Laurie is a wonderful person and teacher whose expertise is rare to come about these days. She always has the best in mind for her students and her passion for teaching and voice and performing are so evident. To her potential students, take from her! I highly recommend it.
Thanks for everything Mrs. Laurie. Love, Evana"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Jacqueline Renee
"Sarita is quite friendly, professional, and a great instructor. She's very knowledgeable of singing techniques and tools to help you know and train your
vocals. I appreciate her willingness to explain terms to me in layman language."
Baltimore, MD teacher:
Review by Svetlana
"An excellent and exceptionally talented piano teacher and performing pianist. Both our girls studied with Vladislava for nearly 5 years. They had to stop
taking formal lessons in high school (due to heavy academic load and extracurriculars), but even then they would ask her for occasional lessons during summer breaks or before a recital. The lessons were outstanding: highly professional, well planned and thought through with appealing and challenging music pieces carefully selected for the student’s age, ability and temperament. What struck me especially was the fact that V. provided ample opportunities for all students (starting at a young age) to perform in front of life audience (other students and their families) several times during each school year. I came to appreciate these recitals as a great teaching tool: not only they kept students motivated and engaged in their studies, they inspired the development of real performing skills early on, cutting to the core of any instrument playing: an ability to convey an emotion, a thought via music. And all the applause made the little artists ☺ proud and appreciative of their own achievement of course! Our family would highly recommend Vladislava as a terrific music teacher to students of any age"
I have been playing violin and viola for over 20 years. I hold a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music and teach assorted music courses at Pellissippi State Community College and Lincoln Memorial University. I have taught children, teens, and adults; both beginners and continuing students. I learn where the student is skill-wise and we go from there. I also ask the student what his/her goals are, so that we have a set to-do list with which to work. Feel free to browse my website at www.robynjames.com!
*** Lesson Details *** We will work at your pace--I will push you, but I am aware that
everyone works at a different speed. I will learn that speed and work with you accordingly. I expect students to practice and do their best, but I also understand that life sometimes gets in the way. After a few months, you will know the basics of the instrument and be able to play recognizable tunes for your family and friends!
*** Studio Equipment - Parents *** Music room/office with seating for parents/guardians in living room.
*** Studio Equipment - Students *** I provide a music stand in my studio, but nothing else. My students should have an instrument with all accessories (bow, case, shoulder rest) and also a music stand for home practicing.
Deanna July 18, 2015
Robyn James is an excellent viola teacher! She is patient, kind, extremely knowledgeable, understanding, and easily adapts to each student's individual playing style and ability. She is also very flexible when it comes to scheduling (especially if a scheduling conflict occurs). I've played the viola for 10 years and I had taken a small break from the instrument when I was introduced to Robyn in school. Since starting lessons with her almost a year ago, my confidence as a person and a player have improved and I have her to thank for it. She is always able to answer any and all of my questions, and if she doesn't have one right away, she does her research and gets back to me by our next lesson. She is very serious about what she does and you can tell how much she loves it. She also knows how to challenge her students in a way that is not overwhelming, and, as long as you come prepared and ready to learn and grow, she is one of the best teachers that you could possibly ask for. I look forward to seeing her every week. Robyn is the best!
JeremyWhitehead March 6, 2014
I have played the viola from sixth to twelfth grade, but never taken a private lesson until signing up to take one at Pellissippi State Community College. From the first day of the lessons that semester until the last I looked forward to going to them. Robyn easy to get along with and an excellent teacher as well as violist and violinist. While I haven't had her as an instructor for violin using what I know from my viola lessons and having heard her play violin I would imagine those lessons are just as fun and fruitful as the viola lessons.
AngelaA March 6, 2014
Professional and enthusiastic teacher
Robyn is an excellent, enthusiastic, and professional teacher who loves to teach. She is very knowledgeable about music. She plays examples of new music for her students and always comes to lessons prepared. Most of all, Robyn knows how to encourage her students to keep trying.
With classical and jazz guitar studies, with years of collaborative composition in progressive rock and fusion, and with years of solo guitar composing, I have attained a high level of technique, gained a deep understanding of music theory and songwriting, and authored a comprehensive book, "Understand, See, Hear - Become One with the Guitar." My musical journey as a composer and recording artist has always been an expression of my individuality. With many years teaching private lessons, I offer myself as a mentor, to help anyone achieve their voice, their passion, on the guitar.
Details *** Music is a subjective experience. As a listener, what you love reflects yourself; similarly, what you play reflects yourself. As your mentor, my goal is to nurture your development as a guitar player, as well as, nurture your self-expression through the instrument. With perseverance, your goals as a musician can be attained with each lesson a step in understanding and in motor skills to this end. Always though, the objective is that the musical journey is fun and fulfilling.
*** Studio Equipment *** separate music room seating for parents
*** Specialties *** Approaching the guitar holistically, I show how the guitar is organized using templates from my book. Musical concepts such as chords and scales are applied within the guitar's holistic framework and are related to the student's preferred artists/songs. If it compliments the student's learning style, musical notation is used. Styles I specialize in are rock 'n' roll, jazz, and classical.
Hiro M. July 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Tim shows sound understanding of music theory. He is very positive and enthusiastic about improving student's knowledge and performance. He usually gives me a lot of ideas to incorporate what your hear and what you play. I really enjoy the lesson with him. Thanks.
JordanL July 10, 2012
Tim is an increasingly motivational teacher. He is very consice and teaches with ease. I am easily able to understand and relate to him.
SharonV April 26, 2012
Tim is a very nice person, very well educated with music. Wish we could have continued Emilys lessons with him. I would recommend him to anyone.
I teach guitar, drums and vocals to an array of students ranging from 10 to 60. Not only do I teach but I also write songs for certain students who have a desire to perform their own music as well as learning and honing their craft on their instrument. I am currently helping a vocal student of mine write some songs after scales and warm-ups and am working with one of my top guitar students tomorrow on different scale techniques. I just placed a drum student in the finals in Alternative Press Magazine's Hit Like A Girl competition. She was the top vote getter with 1,026 votes and is in the top
10 under 18 drummers in the world. I am also working with more and more students on songwriting and showing them different chords and ways to go about writing a song. I would love to get started with you as soon as possible and we will get you where you want to be musically. I find that if a student has a particular song or a rhythm pattern they want to learn they learn more quickly. They're learning and having fun at the same time. We will find what you want to learn and we will get it down! Furthermore, it's your choice if you would rather come to my place as a lot of my students do or have me come to your place as a lot of them do. I look forward to speaking with you! Cheers!
*** Lesson Details *** I will get you started depending on your skill level. I usually, of course, see where we're at there and then decide what needs to be taught. With each respective student I usually make them a CDR the lessons for you so you can take them home and improve on what we've worked on.
*** Studio Equipment *** recording equipment; guitars (acoustic & electric); bass guitar (electric); upright bass; maracas; egg shaker; cowbell; tambourine; PSR 170 64-key digital keyboard for the voice lessons.Yamaha DT Explorer for drum lessons
*** Travel Equipment *** recording equipment; guitars (acoustic & electric); bass guitar (electric); upright bass; maracas; egg shaker; cowbell; tambourine; digital keyboard for the voice lessons
*** Specialties *** Pop, Rock, Jazz.
Aidan H. July 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Very informative. Great approach. Phenominal focus on what I wanted out of the lessons. 10/10
Gus D. June 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Will is the man
Bill C. January 17, 2013 Verified Student
VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE IT
Will has been excellent in showing me the fun of music, from the very first lesson.
He has a tremendous amount of knowledge and is able to communicate it in an effective manner.
He has always been prompt and prepared for our weekly sessions.
I have been teaching full time for 10+ years, playing guitar for 40+ years. Teaching is a passion for me. I am at an age where i want to pass on the information that i have had the privilege of learning all these years.... I am a very patient person by nature. I have successfully taught folks with Aspergers syndrome, severe ADD, and also bi-polar disease, so many special needs can be accommodated.
I teach at Open Chord Music Store in Knoxville Mondays through Thursdays and on Saturdays. I teach at my home studio in Maryville on Fridays with other weekend lessons by appointment.
*** Lesson Details *** I believe that all students are individuals. Lesson plans are tailored to the needs of the individual student. With that said, i typically recommend/use Hal Leonard's Guitar Method Books 1-3 for the younger students. Students are encouraged to bring in any books or other media they are interested in learning from
Robert H. April 23, 2014
At the tender young age of 60 i started taking lessons with Robert. He was patient enough to show me the way without me getting discouraged. He not only taught me guitar but helped me pick out instruments and a p.a. system. I really enjoyed the learning experience. Now i am able to play out in front of people and have a lot of fun playing at charity and other events with my friends.
I'm 32 years old, and I've been playing the guitar for about 18 years. I truly enjoy teaching people how to play the guitar. I've been doing it for a while to fill some time during the day. I own a business in entertainment and I'm a graduate from MTSU with a degree in Audio Production and Engineering. From my education, I have knowledge and experience in music theory, songwriting techniques, and experience in working with various musicians. I've also played in a few bands.
Having the right instructor is incredibly important if you're a beginner. Just because someone can play the guitar
really well, it doesn't mean they're the right one to get you started. I strive to make my approach to teaching the guitar the same as my approach to playing in bands: keep it fun, friendly, adaptive, inspiring, and be patient. Music should always be shared between friends. So I try to keep that going with the people I teach.
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