Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Delma
"Kevin is great. He is very patient, understanding, friendly and very kind. He is and was always willing to work with my schedule and always had good feedb
ack. He never made me feel like I was doing things wrong. He always was very encouraging. I can't wait to take classes again with him. thanks!"
Memphis, TN teacher:
Review by Christopher
"Great person, can't wait to have the next lesson"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Chris
"Marc is incredibly friendly and willing to work around a student's schedule. After taking several years off of formal lessons, he was very willing and a
ccommodating to meet me at my current skill level and knowledge, while designing lessons to meet my goals and interests."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by BILLYBUNGO
"IT IS A PLEASER TO KNOW NANA YAW OBRAFO,,,,FOR MORE THAN 30yrs,,,,A MAN ALL ABOUT THE DRUM,,,DANCE,,,& THE LEARNING
EXPERIENCE,,,OF AFRICAN CULTURE ....IF YOU NAME THE DRUM FROM ANYWHERE IN AFRICA,,,NANA CAN MAKE IT,,,,PLAY IT,,,TEACH IT,,,HE IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL,,,OF MUSIC & CULTURE,,,IT IS A PLEASURE TO KNOW A MAN LIKE HIM,,,,,ASE"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Nana Yaw Obrafo A.
Review by Bernice
"Great teacher, lessons are a lot of fun. Thanks Jill!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Roxanne
"Really happy I chose Allison. She is very knowledgeable and is great at accessing her students and building on their strengths. My daughter enjoys playin
g her flute again!"
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by Sheila
"I was very nervous first; Eric made the lesson fun while working on areas
that needed improvement."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ben
"I love the way you teach me play, thank you so much!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Roberta
"Hi. What I really liked about Val was his patience. I haven't sung in a while and I have some rough patches in my voice. He assessed my range and streng
th and suggested certain vocal exercises to do every day. It really helped. He is very knowledgeable and I enjoy our sessions!"
Children won't learn to play an instrument if they quit their lessons, so give them lessons they don't want to quit!
Music lessons made fun!
Dayle Music: Private Piano, Sax, Flute, and Clarinet lessons for all ages (3 and up) and skill levels, special preschool and senior citizen lessons. Morning/Daytime lessons are discounted, comfortable waiting area for parents, adjacent playroom so siblings are invited to play during lessons!
I am an award winning, Pi Kappa Lambda honoree, summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University's school of Visual and Performing Arts-Setnor School of Musi
c, where I received a four-year music director's talent scholarship.
I am classically trained and perform all styles of music, from classical to jazz to pop. I play saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano. I perform professionally with a large Philadelphia based entertainment company, as well as with local bands in the Philadelphia area.
I teach piano, saxophone, flute, and clarinet to all ages and skill levels. I enjoy working with students who just want to play for fun, as well as those who are looking to compete in local competitions. I have been involved in County, District, Regional, and All-States bands, concerto/jazz competitions, music composition contests, and the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County's Wind Ensemble.
I love teaching music, and I look forward to lessons with you!
*I also have a special piano lesson program developed just for preschoolers ages 3 and up. Learning music at a young age helps develop the part of the brain involved with thinking, memory, language, math, and creativity.
*** Lesson Details *** My music program has a reward system, age appropriate games, worksheets and other fun activities. Your child will never learn to play an instrument if they quit their lessons so I make sure that my lessons are so enjoyable that they never want to quit!!!
I have been taking private music lessons myself since I was 8 years old and have had many teachers over the years. From my experience, I have really learned what and what not to do when teaching a student. I will provide my own students with a custom teaching style (books and curriculum vary from student to student) to fit their personal skill levels.
I want my students learn music that they are the most interested in playing, which I feel is an important part of the lesson. I also will make sure they build up their theory skills (note names, key signatures, rhythms, chord names, etc.) and scales as well to compliment the music they are learning.
I am always very friendly and patient with my students. I make sure they are learning at a pace that is best for them and making progress in a fun way! I recommend that students purchase books that are appropriate to their skill levels. Students can either buy the books/supplies from a music store or directly from me. I have a special piano program specially designed for preschoolers, as well as adults and seniors!
*** Studio Equipment *** My home studio is equipped with a piano, CD player to listen to music and "play-alongs," music stands, and seating for parents if they wish to stay. I have my own instruments (flute, clarinet, alto/tenor saxophone) so that I can teach by example.
*** Travel Equipment *** N/A
*** Specialties *** all genres
Brandon June 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son was so happy with his lesson and excited to continue!
Arleen D. November 25, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Dayle is a delightful and upbeat person. She is also a very patient, encouraging, and helpful teacher. She knows how much I can handle in each session so I don't experience frustration. I know I'm learning and always look forward to my lessons.
Allie L. October 17, 2014
Dayle is a great teacher! She is very patient with my daughter who takes saxophone lessons, and works at a great pace. My daughter sees how much she has improved since starting private lessons with Dayle, and this makes her more confident in her playing ability. The lessons are also fun, but she learns a lot as well. I am very happy we found Dayle!
I started my musical education in a children's choir at age 6. When I turned 8 years old, I began piano lessons. I started violin at 9 and trombone at 10. I am now proficient on the guitar, bass, and piano. Having completed my tour of duty in the U.S. Army, I am currently on the Dean's list as a music/audio production major, and plan to continue my music education until I earn at least a masters in performance and composition. I started my teaching career at Milestones in Music, a local studio, as an independent contractor, where i was able to gain valuable experience and fine tune m
y curriculum. I am a member of the Grammy U Recording Academy, and have had opportunities to work with a lot of different musicians. (The Recording Academy is the organization that created the most prestigious award in music, the Grammy). I am the band leader at my church Montco Bible Fellowship, and the lead audio tech for an audio/video group.. Sanctuary Sound. I also do consultant work for organizations looking to setup a sound system/studio. I enjoy recording my own music in my home studio, and learning to play new instruments. I hope to pass my love for music to the next generation!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a very laid back instructor... as you will find out! I understand that not everyone learns at the same rate; however, I am a perfectionist and don't allow students to advance until they have learned a particular skill. I would rather a student take forever to learn a song, and practice it with good technique, than be able to play it right away with poor form and posture! I reinforce the value of working toward goals and celebrate with students when they reach them. I understand that every student has different interests and reasons for wanting to learn an instrument... I try to focus on the areas that are of interest to the student, because if you are enjoying yourself then you will excel. This does not mean that the subjects and skills that are not of interest will not be taught, because I believe in being a well-rounded musician. I teach both jazz (improvisation/reading chord charts) and classical (written/ composed music).
*** Studio Equipment *** My studio is currently not optimal for teaching... I hope to change this within the next year!!
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide lesson books and other learning materials, but expect to be reimbursed. I expect the student to have their own instrument/equipment. Piano students are required to have a piano or a keyboard with weighted keys/hammer-action (preferably 88 keys), a piano bench and a pedal. Guitar/bass students must have an acoustic/electric guitar/bass with a strap or footstool, pick, and cable and amplifier if applicable! Digital audio students must have their own computer, Digital Audio workstation (software), digital audio interface, speakers/headphones and midi controller. All students must purchase a full size notebook with lined or staff paper!
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical and jazz piano! I am more than proficient at most production software including: cubase, reason, fl studio, melodyne, digital performer and protools... and other editing software such as sony sound forge, audacity, etc...
David B. April 23, 2016
In home Verified Student
My son doesn't give many details; he is happy with Jonathan and said he deserves five stars.
Kelly S. March 16, 2016
In home Verified Student
Jonathan was an excellent instructor. Always punctual and professional. Showed a real interest with my son's lessons. Kelly Sheridan
Levi M. November 18, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 5 year old son was very happy and couldn't wait to get his next lesson
Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!
I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument. I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester
University. I also studied privately with Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.
I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands and freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!
I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.
For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.
For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.
Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:
1) Those who have good ears, but can't read. 2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them. 3) Those with great ears who also read well.
Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.
One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.
I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.
I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.
*** Specialties *** I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything. I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
Vince S. January 12, 2015
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.
We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
Ellen L. October 29, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .
My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student
I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
Vincent M. May 10, 2013
Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!
Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
Michael C. was eleven years old when he began to play the electric bass guitar. He decided to get an electric bass because it was the one instrument needed to start a band among his friends. In addition to playing the electric bass, Michael enjoyed time practicing on the guitar and piano in high school. Transferring the knowledge and finger technique to the guitar came easy because of the similarities between guitar and the bass. And growing up with an upright piano in the house always lead to tinkering and eventually became a proficiency after college. In 1996 Michael enrolled at the the Phil
adelphia University of the Arts. He was awarded a presidential merit scholarship and a university grant based on his entrance audition. During his studies Michael was recruited for a student ensemble also know as Metagroove. During this time Michael had shared stages with guitarist John Scofield, Singer Ike Willis (Frank Zappa Band), Medeski Martin and Wood and The Disco Biscuits among countless others.
C. has completed a Master of Arts in music education as well as Bachelor of Music in bass performance. Michael is qualified to teach on bass, upright bass, guitar, drums, piano, voice and a rare instrument called steel pan (steel drum) among others. Michael performs as a freelance musician. He can be found performing regularly at private parties and events around the greater Philadelphia area. He has performed playing most styles and genres of music. Among these styles are Pop, R & B, Blues, Hip Hop, Jazz, Calypso, Flamenco, Latin, Pop, Musical Theater and Rock & Roll.
C. is a trained professional and prefers to cater his lessons to the individual need of each student. He believes that each student is unique and will encounter challenges in their own manner. Michael likes to supplement his lessons using musical interests of the student. C. has been known to arrange popular pieces for recital performances for his students. Some of the pieces he has arranged for his students include Something in the Way She Moves (Beetles), Long distance Run Around (The Who), Iron Man (Black Sabbath), That' s What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction), Hall of Fame (The Script) among many more. Michael encourages his students to use the music they love to challenge their ability and cognitive processes. Michael has the experience and training required to inspire and motivate you to become successful not only in music but in your daily endeavors.
*** Lesson Details *** Michael has over twelve years experience teaching music and chooses to cater his lessons to the goals of his clients. He does not follow a set curriculum because different students tend to have different goals and expectations.
*** Studio Equipment *** Logic Pro X, Reason, Fast Track pro audio, Double Bass, Piano, Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic guitar, Electric Guitar, Flute, Sax, Clarinet, trumpet, Electric basses, Steel Pans (drums), etc.
Audio recordings of each lesson are free of charge and available upon request. C. is capable of creating demos and audio recordings as well as audio production of original material.
*** Travel Equipment *** Laptop, Guitars, PA system, Basses, Metronome, Method Books, etc.
*** Specialties *** Steel Pan lessons are available. Access to a steel pan(drum) is a requirement for this specialty.
Jamie M. March 9, 2016
In home Verified Student
Michael was an amazing teacher. he worked very well with my 7 year old. He really knows how to connect with kids as well as adults and keeps them interested. He is very talented and knowledgeable about many instruments, always on time and super professional. I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Michael he is amazing!
Gianluca M. January 21, 2016
In home Verified Student
Able to teach age appropriately and skill level. Super engaging for our little one!! Professional. Our son is excited for his next lesson!!
Erum A. January 6, 2016
In home Verified Student
My kids lovedo him my younger ones will be taking guitar lessons from him again soon
I have been passionate about music all of my life. I have been teaching guitar and piano for 9 years. I'm a doctoral student at Chestnut Hill College pursuing a degree in clinical psychology with plans to become a music therapist. I learned guitar and classical piano under 2 private teachers while pursuing my Psychology degree and music minor at Rutgers University in NJ.
Music was a way for me to find peace, structure, confidence, and an outlet for personal expression and creativity outside of my everyday life. I've grown as a person and a musician through music. I get excited when I see
my students learn enjoy playing something new. I love music more than anything else and that love is something I try to bring out in my students. Once there is love for music, everything grows naturally. I teach to help my students find those strengths in themselves to live a fulfilling life through their instrument.
We create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve.
Guitar: After 3 to 6 months of learning with me, you will have a basic knowledge of chords, how to read musical notation, strum to play. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choice so that you can experience the joy of expressing yourself through music. To achieve these results, you must be willing to practice 20-30 minutes a day.
I specialize in teaching students to learn to play by ear and improvise songs based on their tastes, style, and ability level. I also walk students through how to write and record semi-professional quality songs with drums, vocals, guitar, and piano. Music genres I cover are mainly Pop, Pop/Rock, Folk, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, Alternative, and Classical (piano only)
*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a comfortable, quiet room with live instruments, and playback and recording equipment. I expect students to bring a guitar, books, sheet music, picks, and a tuner. Instruments: 1. Taylor Acoustic Guitar --picks, tuner, and capo 2. Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar -- Marshall 100W Amplifier -- Classic Cry Baby Wah Effects Pedal 3. Casio PX-310 Weighted 88-Key Piano Keyboard
Playback and Recording: 1. MacBook Pro OSX 10.10.3 13-inch screen - Insignia 27W Speakers with subwoofer - Garageband 2. Steinberg UR-22 Recording Interface 3. Audio-technica M30 Headphones 4. Sterling Audio ST51 Black Condenser Microphone
*** Travel Equipment *** (same as above except for piano)
Max February 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
Cant speak highly enough about Adam. I felt he went above and beyond for a guitar teacher. He challenged me to perform at an open mic fairly early (I couldnt play a full song before starting lessons) and took his own time to come support me. He teaches piano too and has a great understanding of music theory. This was big for me as music theory is fascinating to me. Our lessons were very relaxed and always left me excited to get home and practice more. My interest in guitar is fairly schizophrenic and I like to change focus all the time to cover as much ground in our precious weekly hour. Adam did a great job working with my idiosyncrasies and taught me a great amount in the few months we had lessons. (I moved out of town)
Quynh N. January 18, 2016
In home Verified Student
Adam was be my son piano teacher for over 6 months and still be continue. He is very professional, kind and patience with my 7years old boy . I even refer him to teach piano for my best friend son and she is happy with his professional too . My son cannot wait to see him every Saturday for his 45 minutes lesson. Thank you Adam !
Nathan H. December 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Adam is very calm and patient, even with my quirky 9 year old. I'd recommend him to anyone.
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