Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Nick
"Best thing to happen to my voice
Peter has been the best thing to ever happen to my voice. I started studying with Peter freshman year of college and I s
till see him regularly 6 years later. He took my completely untrained voice and helped me find, not only technique but also confidence in myself and my abilities. If it weren't for him I would not be pursuing musical theatre as a career. I would also not be booking jobs professionally. I owe my current and future musical theatre career to him. GO SING WITH HIM!!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by Gabrielle
"I had a wonderful experience learning from James! He was very attentive to my learning style and pace, and I felt supported and encouraged."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Aiden
"Amanda is amazing! She is great with kids!"
Oklahoma City, OK teacher:
Review by Yiqun
"David is a great Guitar teacher.
David has been a great guitar teacher for my teenage kid! He was patient with her but he also challenged her to work har
der. My kid learned a lot in just a few months, from no experience to being able to play somewhat difficult scales and chords! I believe that Davidâs experiences both as a high school teacher and as a musician help him to be a great guitar teacher."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Lauren
"Jeanne is a fantastic teacher
Jeanne is a great person and very easy to communicate with and I personally think that makes for a nice teacher/student rel
ationship. I can ask her questions and she explains things very well. I feel in the 4 short weeks I have been working with her that she has taught me quite a bit. Each week I leave there with something new to challenge myself with. I would highly recommend Jeanne as she is a wonderful piano teacher. Thank you Jeanne. I look forward to this journey of learning."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Drummer
Pierre is the raddest music teacher I've ever had. He's always on time, always prepared, and always ready to have a great time on any instr
ument. His sense of humor is great and he makes learning even the most difficult songs fun. Since he can play any instrument, you'll always have someone to play along with. He has a deep love for all kinds of music, which is the best quality in a musician, teacher, and drummer. I can't recommend Pierre enough. He's given me the confidence, both musically and personally, to drum in a band, Hearing Damage. THIS DUDE RULES!!!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Nikki
"Melissa was my first voice teacher, and I was so fortunate to have her. She was very patient with me because I was very shy and self conscious when it cam
e to vocal lessons. She help me find my voice, and started crafting it using many different tools to help me understand the different elements that allows one to register sound. She is a joy to learn from, and I recommend any beginner to learn from her."
Harrisonburg, VA teacher:
Review by Hannah
"My daughter loves her!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Nancy B.
"My son tried a few different piano teachers before we found Howard. I knew that my son was bored with the traditional method and was not sure he wanted t
o take any more lessons. I found Howard on the web and decided to give him a try. My son was hooked from that first lesson. He really enjoyed learning from Howard's unique style of teaching. Thank you, Howard, Ari really has learned so much from you and enjoyed each and every lesson he had!"
My name is Sandy and I'm currently teaching piano in Brookline, Massachusetts. I have a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music as well as a Master of Arts degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. I have performed in solo and chamber venues ranging from New York, California, Taiwan, Italy, United Kingdom, and France. And with it all, I wish to continue to spread music around the world.
I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught children and adult alike. Coming from a conservatory background and experiencing
a variety of teachers, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. Consequently, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow you to grow and perform in a fun and invigorating environment! And together, we can make wonderful music!
*** Lesson Details *** It's important to understand that every student is different; hence every lesson varies. But every lesson should be interesting yet relaxed, challenging yet stress free . It's a time to make and enjoy music!
For beginners: especially children: I recommend starting with just getting to know the piano, such as there are black keys and white keys. I would have the students make sounds of their own wishes on the piano while I help them maneuver around the keyboard. Along with the Faber books of technique and performance, I would add on little popular songs such as "twinkle twinkle little stars" and "Mary had A little Lamb" so that the students can relate to the songs and yet learn how to play it at the same time. I would also incorporate different memory games along with rhythm games to help the young students get acquainted. I also promote students practicing away from the piano, such as moving your five fingers together and in contrary motion at the desk. Or perhaps, practicing rhythms with friends and family. All to make this learning process more communal and interesting!
For intermediate students, I would like to improve whatever the student has already, whether it is technique, musicality, or rhythm. For intermediate students, I believe in the training through Clementi, J.S. Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Schubert, and Mozart. Along with popular tunes, such as Taylor Swift or any popular artists the student wishes, because it can help in areas such as rhythm and flow. I believe in the combination of two different genres to bring the overall piano education to a max. I also recommend playing four hands and two piano pieces, to bring forth the sense of chamber musicianship and pacing. As homework, there will be more practicing done at the piano, but still some such as trills that can be done anywhere, whether you're eating or watching tv!
For advanced students, I would expand their repertoire to include works by Beethoven, Schumann, Copland, Albeniz, Debussy, Ravel, and Liszt, among others. At the same time, I would ask the students to bring in any pieces they would like to play, so it's not just about doing what I want. I would also host performances for these students so they can play for and with each other and be comfortable in performing in a friendly environment. I would hope for these advanced students to be able to pass on the passion and beauty of music.
A Beginner student shall be able to play beyond the fundamentals. An intermediate student will be able to show command the difficulties of being a chamber musician along with a solo pianist. And an advanced student will be able to perform an entire recital by themselves. Of course, all these outcomes are the result of handwork, practice, and diligence. Nevertheless, I am here to help you achieve these goals, with methods that are exciting and fun!
This is not to say that I am not willing to teach whatever you might want to bring! If you have a piece that you would like to learn, it would be my pleasure to walk you through it, whether it be pop song, jazz, or classical. The point is to have fun and learn!
*** Studio Equipment *** lessons in living room
*** Travel Equipment *** I can drive to the student's house, granted that the student has a piano there.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching classical piano with composers such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Debussy. For children, I like the methods that involve little flashcards that will allow them to learn the different rhythms and notes, but in a game style. Along with that, I like to teach them to learn how to sing along with playing -- I think it helps out musicality along with familiarity. I also think that not having children sit at the piano for long periods of time is a good thing -- I could have them tap out certain rhythms standing up; or I could have them mimic me. I believe all these will help the child learn faster and much at ease. For young adults, I would also encourage repertoire that includes modern day songs or film music, since it would be well-known and students would be able to learn easily. It would not only bring pleasure to the student, it will also help train a person's ears and its attentiveness to the music.
Arad M. April 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Sandy is the best!! She's kind, patient and very flexible in her teaching methods which made a difference for me.
I am one of those individuals for whom teaching is just something that I have to do. I started giving music lessons sometime in the 80âs and have loved working with all levels of skill and experience. My students say that I am patient, adaptive and encouraging, committed to making music fun.
I have a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in Jazz Piano and am comfortable and fluent in a number of musical styles, including pop, rock, gospel, traditional hymnody, jazz, and R&B. Although I love and study classical music, it is not something I teach at this point.
In addition to
private lessons and performing, I do music transcription, workshops, and all forms of vocal and instrumental arranging. Having served as a church musician for more than 30 years, I currently co-lead the worship team at Life Church in Boston with my wife. I recently signed on as the keyboard player for Tall Enough, a Boston-based alternative rock band. I often find myself involved in city-wide music events in Bostonâs faith-based community, most recently arranging music and directing a 60-voice choir for Boston Night of Worship.
I enjoy my morning coffee, finding new guitar chords, creating killer PowerPoint presentations, and watching how fast my teenage daughter can text her friends.
*** Lesson Details *** My priority as a teacher is to make the learning process fun, life-giving, and productive. I teach with patience and humor, at a challenging but not frustrating pace.
Some quotes from my students: âI absolutely love learning from Bil! Iâve watched my playing and the playing of others at church vastly improve as a result of his training.â
â[Bil] is filled with a large amount of knowledge, so while sitting under him you not only learn about how to play but you learn about music history and theory. Beyond being a good teacher he is genuine and friendly and cares about others.â
âI have really enjoyed working with Bil. His patience and wealth of knowledge has helped me come out of my musical shell and has encouraged me to discover my musical voice.â
âBil makes learning theory fun! His deep understanding of music is complemented by his contagious enthusiasm.â
There are at least two ways that might set me apart from other teachers.
Firstly, I have honed and developed "people skills". I am an ordained minister and have held positions where I was formally and informally in a mentoring/pastoring role. I bring that sensitivity to my music lessons, understanding that personal and emotional issues can be triggered by the engagement with the music and skills being worked on.
Secondly, I've had a remarkable broad base of experience. My coursework has exposed me to a wide breadth of ideas and tools; my work life has been long and varied; I have had extensive experience in many different cultural contexts, both musically and otherwise; and I work well with many age groups and skill levels.
Regarding my teaching approach: For beginners, I have a fairly consistent set of topics and skill sets to cover. Generally, in a few months, piano students (particularly those in middle school through adulthood) should know how to play major, minor and seventh chords, how to read simple chord charts and some very basic accompanying skills. Guitar students should know a dozen open chords and have been introduced to barre chords, and to have learned several styles of finger picking as well as strumming. Bass students should know how to find notes on the board and will have begun to learn how to fill out a song with an expressive but non-obtrusive bass line.
For intermediate students, the pace, direction and focus on lessons depends upon the goals and passions of the student along with the amount of time he or she has to practice. My goals for students at this level and beyond is to learn how to learn. I will use outstanding recorded examples of particular skills or stylistic idioms to help my students understand and master each new concept. I often will check in with my student to make sure that we are on track with what they are hoping for.
For advanced students, we will generally target very specific objectives. I also try to add elements of theory, history, culture, and even life lessons to apply to the topics we address. Because of my background in pastoral ministry, I can serve as a mentor addressing the emotional and relational issues of playing music as well as its technical aspects.
*** Studio Equipment *** upstairs music room: fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, amps, drum set, seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** if for guitar or bass, that instrument; I expect piano students to have an available piano and for other students to have their own instrument(s).
*** Specialties *** strong in jazz, rock, pop, gospel, sacred, R&B.
Genevieve N. December 7, 2012
Piano Verified Student
Gifted teacher and musician
His method of teaching is amazing. He makes music accessible and joyful. I feel challenged without being intimidated. This experience is so valuable because of his ability to bring out the musician inside of me and to help me understand why and how to make beautiful sounds.
India E. September 6, 2012
Piano Verified Student
A born teacher
Bill is a remarkable teacher. After 22 years of not playing I am truly grasping music theory which is opening my ears and hands up to music in a way that I have never experienced. Bill's teaching style is mellow and exciting at the same time, he is clear with the information and can sense when I get it and when I don't. His communication relates so well to tangible examples that I am able to grasp that it is making the learning easy and fun. Bill is quick with praise and kind with corrections.I look forward to seeing him every week.
I have tutored students of math and have given drum lessons since my second year of college. I've tutored students of all levels of math, from 6th grade mathematics to all college math subjects. I have given drum lessons to beginners and intermediate students, and I engage the students in ear training as well so that they can be more well-rounded musicians. I put an emphasis on catering my teaching to a student's method of learning, so that they feel comfortable and so that we get the best results!
Christy M. June 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jacob has been an awesome teacher for my teenage daughter, Quinn - who started very much from scratch with the drums. He is super patient, and brings an enthusiasm and clear love for music that is contagious and inspiring. He was able to weave in a lot of basic music foundation for her, and helped her progress at a pace that was appropriately challenging without being intimidating or discouraging. He helped her learn the fundamentals, but also let her apply them as patterns to songs and styles that interested her. If he wasn't moving away for school, we would love to continue with him, he's been a wonderful teacher. We'd recommend him in a heartbeat.
Anya B. May 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Jacob does a great job teaching drums to my sons, 6 yrs and 8 yrs. He has a great ability to make the lessons both fun and instructional. He allows time for exploration and jamming, and also works in techniques and music reading instruction. He regularly checked in with me to see how I thought things were going, and was responsive to any requests I made. My kids love Jacob, and I would not hesitate to recommend him as an excellent teacher!
Justin B. August 27, 2014
Jacob is teaching for his first time, but he knows how to guide his student as he had been a student of many different instructors. Jacob teaches the basics, the rudiments, and postures. I have taken drum lessons from different instructors, so I was confident that I was doing the right thing. However, Jacob helped me figure out bad habits that I've never doubted. Jacob not only understands the pros/cons of different drumming styles, but he also knows how to transition smoothly from one to another. He guides you through how improve your capabilities, because he has been through the same steps that you are about to go into. I am having a very pleasant time learning from Jacob.
My name is Alexander, a graduate student at The Boston Conservatory pursuing a Masters in Cello Performance. I love teaching students of all ages and abilities the joys of practicing, playing, and performing on the cello. I am an avid performer of solo, orchestral, and chamber music. I spent the final year of my undergraduate studies researching ways to more effectively teach chamber music.
My teaching philosophy puts a strong emphasis on mindfulness, which results in superb technical development and allows the student to make their musical mark on the works they perform. I encourage all st
udents to engage in music making beyond the practice room and share the gifts they have. I realize that many students begin playing instruments during formative times in their lives. Through their musical journey, students learn much about themselves, and their lessons help them to gain confidence in who they are. I look forward to mentoring this journey.
Anne H. June 12, 2015
Music Performance ·
Alex was very patient and gave lots of insightful musical ideas. His practice suggestions have helped me improve rapidly.
Anne H. June 12, 2015
Music Performance ·
Alex was very patient and gave me a lot of insightful advice for practicing more efficiently.
I have a Master's degree in viola performance from University of Maryland, and a Bachelor's of Music from Indiana University. As a multi-faceted musician, I have taught students of all ages and performed in chamber music ensembles and orchestras in Indiana, Tennessee, and all over the east coast in venues such as the Kennedy Center in D.C., the Levitt Pavilion in Westboro, Conn., and Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor. I am also passionate about international travel and collaboration- in 2013 and 2014 I traveled to teach and perform in San Salvador, El Salvador as part of a fellowship with
the non-profit MusAid. Teaching is a very important part of my life and career, as I consider it to be the most valuable way to connect with others and work with children and adult students to develop a joy and passion for music.
Rawi S August 30, 2015
Susanna is a very thoughtful and innovative instructor. I have learned a lot from her and am now able to play the viola piece within months after so many years of struggling with other instructors. The sadness that struck me as the months I have spent learning from her drew to a close derives from the fact that she has been one of my best instructors ever! It is sad to see her move to Boston but my loss is your gain. Highly recommended.
Mariana August 25, 2015
Susanna was a private teacher for my middle school/high school student and gave her private viola lessons. My daughter has played at an amateur level since the forth grade and Susanna taught her for two years. She did a great job. She was punctual and was dedicated, often staying more than the allotted time. She was also very patient and pro-active looking for new music. She helped my daughter through many concerts and festivals. It was a great experience and we were sorry to see her leave but hope she can help other students in the Bosotn area.
Joanna August 25, 2015
Susanna is an amazinging patient instructor with my wiggly five year old. Children have short attention spans, but Susanna is able to refocus my daughters attention to keep her engaged in the lesson. So happy to have been able to give my daughter a positive introduction to music.
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