Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Stacey
"Matt is AWESOME. He has been a great musical role model for me since day one. The knowledge that Matt has passed down to me has completely reallocated m
y purpose as a musician and challenged me to question my role as a drummer in an ensemble situation. What insight! I have absolutely no doubt that I will be prepared to confidently attend college university music ensembles in the next couple of months, because of Matt's mentorship and how it has inspired me (and of course, taught me how) to achieve my best. Matt has exposed me to styles of music I didn't even know existed. His talent is beyond the capacity of any other teacher I've had, and my family and I respect him very much. Very personable, easy-going, and intelligent. Thank you Matt, for everything. :)"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Emily
"Great instructor. Great personality. My eight-year-old enjoyed the lesson."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Grace
Our son has metioned that David advised him to play the songs he like and since then our son has been flipping the pages of his piano
books and seems to enjoy playing music more. We believe that music should be fun and fit a person's personality. What we like about David the most is he does not stress it out but he is there to help you grow and improve your skills. Our son has been playing the piano for two yrs, lesson with David for two months now and We are thankful we found him! Plus the convenience of having the lesson at home, less stress for us and our son, coming from work and school. We highly recommend Mr. Aragon!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Bob
"If I could give Carl more stars I would, because he is a great teacher! I really like how patient and professional Carl is and his extensive knowledge mak
es each lesson that much better."
Brookings, SD teacher:
Review by Lissa Merkel
"So much fun and Moa is so talented! Can't wait for next week!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Kate
"Suzanne has been teaching my 9 year old for almost 6 months. She has really bonded with her. She is a fabulous teacher and great with beginners. She p
ushes my daughter to do her best and cares about good technique. We are lucky to have found her and I suspect she will be in our lives for a long time."
Taught 41 years as a band director Principal Trumpet with Beloit/Janesville Symphony
I like to teach in a style that is functional and interesting. Students will be doing a variety of activities at each lesson. The focus will be determined by their needs.
As students become more proficient in music their enjoyment of musical activities will increase. The success of completing various levels of musical achievement will carry over to other lifetime skills.
*** Lesson Details *** I will work with each student depending on their individual needs. We will strive to produce steady improveme
nt in player proficiency.
*** Travel Equipment *** Student should have a music stand and instrument
*** Specialties *** I like to teach based on the individual. I have taught group and private lessons. The materials I use are varied, with an emphasis on scales, theory, and also some duet playing. I also like to incorporate some music history into each lesson. I feel that each student needs to work from known to the new areas. I often use supplementary materials (solos or small ensembles) to reinforce my teaching.
Angelique B. June 7, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kay is very knowledgeable, kind and accommodating. She is very encouraging and never makes me feel dumb when I hit a sour note. (As a beginning beginner, that happens a lot!) I am amazed at how much I have learned in such a short time!
For over 20 years I've helped vocal students of all ages to excel, in public and private schools, and on the college level. My passion is to enable those I work with, beginning to advanced, to maximize their vocal potential! Currently I teach from my home studio in Rockford, Illinois.
Embracing a variety of vocal styles, from classical to contemporary, my current and former students have excelled in musical theater, aced college auditions, traveled as lead singers with rock bands, recorded music videos and reached the higher levels of American Idol auditions. My lessons blend solid vocal t
echnique, while also reflecting the unique needs and goals of each student.
I hold both Bachelors and Masters degrees in vocal music and have directed groups traveling internationally to more than 20 countries on four continents. I've personally produced more than 20 full-scale musical/theatrical productions with casts of over 200 and audiences of up to 10,000. And I've promoted concert events for more than 40 nationally known artists including Randy Travis, Chris Tomlin, Jeremy Camp and Mercy Me.
Brandi January 29, 2016
I took lessons from Eric when I was about 18 years old. He is a very good teacher and is patient but also expects growth with every rehearsal. It really paid off especially with me singing so much and traveling. I use every technique that he has taught me!
Alicia January 15, 2016
I took lessons with Eric for a few months before moving out of state and enjoyed learning from him. He took time to choose songs that I enjoyed singing but also songs that would stretch my ability as a vocalist. He provides a friendly and relaxed environment for learning and is passionate about seeing students succeed!
David A. January 15, 2016
Eric is one of my favorite voice instructors I've had during my time in college. I studied under his practice for 3 years. During that time I was juggling voice performance through school as well as being a front-man of a music group. He recognized my style in both departments and where my voice would fit in each and helped my develop a balance between the two. I learned proper diction in five languages; Italian, Latin, German, French, and English which I discovered my weaknesses and he helped enhance all the languages to my fullest potential. Eric has become one of my greatest mentors and still is apart of my everyday life by using his guidance he gave me to reach to my best abilities. I will always be grateful for his teachings and friendship.
I am an active freelance hornist in the Madison, WI area. Beginning my studies at the age of nine, I have been playing the horn for 17 years. After finishing high school in Houston, Texas, I relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where I began my undergraduate work at Louisiana State University under the instruction of Seth Orgel of the Atlantic Brass Quintet.
Upon completion of my Bachelor of Music degree in 2011, l moved to Chicago, IL where I spent the next two years earning a Master's degree in music performance. During this time I studied with Dale Clevenger, long time Principal Horn of t
he Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
During my career, I have performed in a wide variety of settings including orchestral performances, musicals, operas, chamber music, and solo performances.
*** Lesson Details *** I am highly enthusiastic about teaching the art of music and brass playing to all who wish to learn. I developed my teaching philosophy by combining the teaching styles of my own personal teachers. I start by focusing on the fundamentals of brass playing. These include skills such as breathing, tone production, scales, and arpeggios. I believe that once learned, these skills can be used as tools in order to make beautiful music. The next phase of teaching focuses more on the music itself. Things such as phrasing, dynamics, tone color, and style are what separate the good performers from the great ones. I use a proven combination of method books, etude books, and my own personal exercises and pieces that I have created to both fix certain problems, as well as perfect the art of music making.
While this may sound intimidating to a new student or their parents, DO NOT BE AFRAID! I am very good at what I do, and I promise that I can teach you all of these skills and more. In the end, it all comes down to the joy that can come from making music, and my teaching method can get you to the point where you can have more fun than you ever imagined performing music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Chairs Music Stands Sheet music and exercises
*** Travel Equipment *** I could provide sheet music and exercises. I expect my students to have a instrument that is in working condition.
*** Specialties *** I focus on using a variety of method books and etude books, combined with the standard orchestral, band, and solo repertoire in order to teach the art of music making, as well as the skills necessary to play the instrument proficiently.
Cheryl J. May 10, 2014
Trumpet Verified Student
Dafydd is a Top Notch Instructor
Dafydd is an incredibly gifted trumpet instructor. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, innovative and artful. I have noticed great improvements in my breath control, technique and overall sound since I began taking lessons from him. He tailors the lessons to capitalize on my strengths and improve my weaknesses by stressing good trumpet playing basics. He has helped me to achieve the competitive edge I was looking for and to gain the confidence I need to succeed as a trumpet player. The lessons are challenging and enjoyable.
I have almost 30 years teaching experience with all ages and levels here in the US and Russia.I have a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from a premier Russian Conservatory.I believe that an individual approach in teaching is a key to achieving professional goals in studying a musical instrument and playing technique. I select individual learning materials for each student and use my own methods, which I have developed during my professional teaching career. I encourage students to perform at different venues – from formal classical to informal talent shows and festiva
ls. My goal is for my students to experience the joy of performing and exhibit fearlessness on the stage. Many of my students have participated in national auditions and competitions both here and in Russia, and have continued their professional music education.I also teach ensemble playing with different instruments, accompaniment, duets and voice as children love this form of expression.
Andrea July 15, 2015
Classical Piano ·
I am an adult student who has taken piano lessons with Vlada for a number of years, and I am extremely impressed with Vlada as a teacher.
I played the piano off and on through high school (with a different teacher), and then took a break for many years without any formal instruction.
Now that I have returned to the piano, Vlada has helped me advance my playing well beyond my expectations. She helps me choose appropriate pieces that I will enjoy working on and that challenge me in new ways. She is masterful at identifying the reasons why I am struggling with particular passages and suggests techniques to help me improve many, many details.
I highly recommend Vlada!
Monika July 13, 2015
Classical Piano ·
My daughter took piano lessons with Vlada for 5 years--I specifically searched for a Russian teacher because I knew about their exacting hand placement and methods. Emma was years ahead of other students. When we moved, the pianist for the Milwaukee ballet agreed to give her lessons after hearing her audition (she didn't take students but was Russian so I begged). Totally wonderful experience--my daughter learned alot and progressed well beyond her peers. When we went to competitions, kids who were 12 were playing what my daughter played at 7. I could see the difference Vlada's tutelage had made and so could the judges
Svetlana July 12, 2015
Classical Piano ·
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
The ability to play the piano and sing have been the greatest gifts in my life, and I have always wanted to share that gift with others. I love nothing better than to help a student learn to love music and gain confidence in their ability to perform. I earned a BA in Music Ministry with a Piano Pedagogy Minor and have been teaching piano since 2008. In the last year, I have added voice/singing lessons and online lessons. I have taught ages 4-adult and enjoy helping each student succeed. My local students students have two recitals every year, which gives the opportunity to share what we have
been working on and celebrate successes every six months. I firmly believe that theory and the ability to read music are important skills that should be learned, whether on their own, or as part of music lessons. Once you can understand notation and theory, a whole new world opens up to you.
Terri August 13, 2015
She is wonderful with my daughter!! She is very patient and very fun!
Cathy August 11, 2015
My granddaughters have been taking piano lessons since kindergarten for the last 4 years from Miss Julie. She is a great teacher, patient and kind, and the kids love her.
Kari August 11, 2015
Julie has a wonderful way with children that makes them enjoy learning.
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