Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Connor
"Great singing teacher
Jameson was a great music teacher who I would recommend to anyone who is just starting singing or is experienced but would like to
further hone their skills. I learned more about technique after a few lessons with him than I did in two years of chorus at school. He has a flexible schedule for students and teaches at a convenient location right near the train station. He helped me to prepare for a college audition which I would not have passed without his help. Again, I fully recommend him to anyone looking to improve their singing skills."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by mike
"Renee is a great teacher! My daughter had never touched a piano in her life and in 12 lessons she's already playing songs she likes! My daughter feels ver
y comfortable working with Renee and looks forward to her lessons each week."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Kelly
Mark is a great teacher and is easy to work with. I have been a musician for many years(different)instrument and Mark has made it easy to m
ake the transition from drums to guitar.
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Kyle
"An outstanding teacher for both adults and children
The Short Version: I totally and wholeheartedly recommend Sara for anybody at any age considering stu
The Long Version: As a beginner adult student and a child care provider, I feel I have a very unique perspective into Sara's teaching style.
Studying under Sara has been absolutely wonderful and has really fueled my progress with the violin. Within five minutes of the first lesson you can tell how excited she is to be teaching you something she is so clearly passionate about. She's positive and patient in her instruction and in learning from her, you get the feeling she wants you to be your best so that one day you could even play alongside her. That, along with her professionalism, sincerity and respect makes her truly valuable as a teacher.
However, as good as she is with adults, I think she's even better with children. I provide private child care for a living (which is just a fancy way of saying I'm a nanny). I work with children ranging from 20 months to 14 years old and I'm very good at my job. In my experience, I've found that you can tell that some people, for some reason, are just good with kids. It requires a certain balance of patience, enthusiasm and authority and it all has to seem easy. Sara possesses these qualities in abundance. The violin can seem like a complicated instrument to a beginner and it can be frustrating (believe me, I know), but Sara has a knack for breaking things down in a way your child will understand and, more importantly, have fun doing it.
So why are you still reading this? Go and sign up already! :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Heidi
"Kathleen is very patient and encouraging. I am learning a lot because of her teaching and knowledge! I would definitely recommend her to anyone as a wonde
Kansas City, MO teacher:
Review by Lizzie
"Jonathan is a really good instructor as well as an accomplished musician. This is my 8 year old son's first experience with music lessons and they're a g
ood match. He looks forward to the piano lesson and is pretty happy to do the little bits of homework after. It's been a great experience for us."
I have performed at multiple venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall and Off-Broadway. I studied opera performance and musical theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and acting at Primary Stages. Along with these qualifications, my positive spirit and belief in my students has yielded outstanding results in their musical accomplishments.
I've been teaching voice, guitar, and piano lessons for the past four years, as well as coaching students for specific auditions (school plays, national tours, honors choir auditions). Let me aid you in achieving your dreams!
Lesson Details *** As a performer, I have learned that "learning" is never done in this field. Even as a professional, I still take private voice lessons, dance classes, and acting classes. As well as the occasional piano, guitar, and dialect coaching.
My teaching style is based off of my many years of being a student to some of the finest performers in the world. I am direct and focused, but like to keep my students relaxed. My key to teaching success is adapting to each student's specific needs.
*** Studio Equipment *** At my home studio in Jersey City, NJ and at my studio in midtown Manhattan I have a: Keyboard (piano at studio in Manhattan); Guitar; Pitch Pipe; Laptop with speakers; Mirror
*** Travel Equipment *** If travelling to your home, I would require you have a keyboard. I can bring my guitar and pitch pipe.
*** Specialties *** Classical Music (art songs, opera) Traditional Broadway (Rodgers and Hammerstein...) Contemporary Broadway (Stephen Schwartz...) Disney Music Pop Music Country Music Beginner Piano Beginner Guitar Music Theory Public Speaking Audition Technique
Nikki R. May 12, 2013
My first vocal teacher and the best!
Ms. Rachel was an amazing vocal teacher! We would always start off with simple and fun warm-ups, breathing techniques, and would practice singing songs from musicals. My first couple lessons she taught me how to sing I Feel Pretty from West Side Story and we both had so much fun with it! After a little while we learned Cups from Pitch Perfect and then we got into the Vaccai book and I learned a couple songs from there. Overall Ms. Rachel was the best! She even offered to Skype a lesson with me since she moved. She cared about me and always helped me improve my voice in every way she could. I love her!
Thanks for checking out my profile. I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals in drum and percussion! Here's a little info about my musical training:
Born in Istanbul, Turkey and raised in Tulsa, OK, my first musical experiences were on my grandmother's old piano. I was later introduced to a drum set when my brother and I received a drum set as a gift. I played in several local bands and in my high school jazz band in Tulsa, playing a range of musical styles from rock, swing, funk, and Latin. I decided in my senior year of high school to take music seriously and moved to NYC
to study at the Drummer's Collective. During this period, I also focused on Middle Eastern hand percussion (doumbek, riq, and frame drum) and studied with Mehmet Akatay in Turkey. After receiving my certificate at the Drummer's Collective, I applied and was accepted to the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program in NYC, where I received my BA in Music. Since my graduation, I've been working as a freelance musician, playing with my band Manner and other groups, producing music for commercials, and teaching students in the Jersey City, NJ, and New York / Brooklyn, NY area.
*** Lesson Details *** Before anything, I believe music and specifically music lessons must be fun. I'm an easy going and patient person and my goal with lessons is to ensure that students are understanding music in a fun and musical way.
I teach out of my home and studio in Jersey City. We will come up with a goal and decide what to expect from our lesson plan We can work on formal technique, sight reading, and improvisation, or if you just want to learn the beats to your favorite tunes, we can just ROCK OUT! So keep note of your favorite songs, and we'll break it down and learn the beats.
I have extensive training in Middle Eastern hand percussion. So those of you who are interested in playing doumbek, riq, or frame drums, we can work on learning different different rhythms and meters from the Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Bulgarian, and Macedonian styles.
Focus on: - learning songs, beats, fills - formal technique - coordination and independence - sight reading - improvisation - rhythmic composition - variety of styles: jazz, rock, funk, R&B, Latin, Middle Eastern, Brazilian
Accepting levels from beginner to advanced.
*** Studio Equipment *** Both in-home and in-studio are equipped with a full drum kit, guitars, percussion instruments, keyboards, amps, and PA system for playback and play along. Recording availability to record lesson material or even collaborate and record a song together! Free parking right outside of the studio, and parking easily found in front of my home.
*** Specialties *** The main musical styles I perform are rock, jazz, Latin, funk, R&B, and Middle Eastern / Balkan music. I studied jazz performance in college and also focused specifically on Middle Eastern and Brazilian percussion.
Jonathan R. November 18, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Cem is a great musician and instructor. His lessons are always informative, and best of all not boring. He plays alongside you and he is always patient, and helpful. Cem is a excellent teacher who wants to see his students progress, and I would recommend taking lessons with him.
Kendra T. December 1, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Cem is an excellent instructor, a very patient teacher that takes the time to discuss the importance of form and sound quality. I have always had the desire to play drums and have never played so I appreciate his approach of making me feel at ease by playing along with me so I can see his form and technique. All the feedback I have received I have been able to return to the next class with improved skill and understanding. I really enjoy and look forward to my classes and I am happy with my progression during a short period of time.
Elizabeth B. November 11, 2013
Drum Verified Student
this product is amazing
He is a great coach, and is very patient and creative in his teaching
Justin P is a vocal coach, singer, performer & educator based out of Jersey City, NJ.
During his high school years Justin discovered his passion for music and education. Kenneth Brown, his former choral teacher and mentor, recognized Justin’s untapped potential. He taught him the fundamentals of choral conducting, vocal technique, music theory, ear training and repertoire selection. Justin was a member of the award winning Edison High School Choirs, NJ All State Choir and the NJ Region II Chorus.
Justin has spent 11 years studying under some of the best vocal coaches in New York and New
Jersey, including Sarah BachmanKrieger (Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School), Steven Schnurman (The Juilliard School) & Katherine Wessinger (University of Michigan). He currently studies under Melissa Perry (Westminster Choir College, Temple, and post graduate work included 750 hours with Maestro Vittorio Rosetta of La Scala) While doing studies at Westminster Choir College, he studied with Tenor Eric Rieger (Eastman School of Music).
While attending Middlesex County College, Justin founded and directed The A Cappella Choir of Middlesex County. After a wonderfully successful first year and a full length album, The A Cappella Choir sang at Carnegie Hall for the premiere of Eric Whitacre’s electronic opera “Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings” Justin was the head of the choral department at the New Dover United Methodist Church in Edison, NJ. He directed & musically directed a production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Villagers Theater in Somerset, which subsequently moved to The Den Nightclub and ran for 5 consecutive months.
Justin has organized, directed and performed in two fundraisers for the Edison high school Choral program, the program that first honed his raw talent and a place that to this day he still can call a home.
As a performer, Justin was seen as a backup singer in the Bryan Hansen band. He has participated in community theater all over NJ and is frequently hired for studio session work. He recently contributed backing vocals for Mike Wells’ upcoming third studio album.
Justin has been teaching privately since 2007 (Justin Pollinger Vocal Studio). His Students have been accepted to some of the top music programs in the country including Westminster Choir College, Boston Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Mason Gross School School of the Arts, The Hart School & AMDA.
“Justin is so much fun to work with and always makes me feel good about performing, even when I get discouraged. He has helped me to discover a side of my voice that I didn't even know I had.” - Debbie Lingel
“For the last 5 years, I've experienced pain and major vocal fatigue, which lead me to stop singing almost completely… After just a few weeks, I noticed a vast difference. I found Justin to be very knowledgeable, easy to work with and free with encouragement and honesty. It was refreshing to find a young vocal coach like him; I would highly recommend him to anyone: young, old, experienced or beginner.” - Toni Dalessandro
“Working with Justin allowed me to improve upon things in a short time that for years I had tried to correct myself. I always left lessons feeling like I’d learned or become stronger in some area. He is patient when mistakes are made and creative in finding solutions. It was a pleasure to be his student.” - Melanie Beaumier
Joshua S. August 9, 2014
Classical Voice ·
I went to Rutgers: Mason Gross School of the Arts for Vocal Performance as a freshman in Fall 2008; by the Spring of 2009, I was no longer a music student. Singing quickly became a laborious activity instead of an enjoyable past time; I felt as if I became incapable of adequately expressing myself because I was bogged down by a pretentious atmosphere and a teacher who lacked any sort of gravitational pull. Justin is the complete opposite.
I started studying with Justin in September 2013. He's so incredibly realistic. He lacks any form of pretense and his personality is so magnetic. Every time I walk into my lesson, I'm ready to go. He creates an atmosphere that is just so easy to adjust to, and he listens. I'm so grateful to have found him. In a little less than a year, he's helped me restore confidence in my vocal ability and gain back years of lost discipline in such a short time. He will hold you accountable without alienating you and for me that's invaluable. If you're looking for someone warm, but disciplined, Justin is your guy.
Alison G. July 31, 2014
Working with Justin has helped me make enormous strides musically! Our lessons have transformed my voice, prepared me for the competitive world of singing, and given me the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed. In just one or two lessons I progressed in ways I never thought I could and opened up to different techniques that I did not even know existed. Justin is fun and easy to work with. His encouragement and spirit will push you to reach new heights and truly refine your vocal technique.
Jessica M. July 17, 2014
Musical Theater ·
Working with Justin has given me utmost confidence in my singing. He has taught me invaluable vocal techniques that previous coaches never taught me. Since I started with Justin, I feel that my voice has become stronger and it still continues to grow! I would recommend Justin to anyone for vocal instruction. Great, effective lessons for a cheap price!
Hi! My name is Simon and I'm a British multi read player with 20+ years experience playing in London's West End Musicals and orchestras. I also have an extensive list of credits as Artistic Director for various youth theatre companies in the UK, Europe and the States. I studied in London at Trinity College of Music and was lucky enough to get my break early playing in CATS at the New London Theatre. After that I moved on to playing in Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Merrily We Roll Along, and My Fair Lady. I have been a regular resident in the West End ever since, with my most recent credit pla
ying in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. I teach Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute and Bassoon from beginners up to a professional level. I have also had extensive experience vocal coaching for musical theatre and audition preparation classes. I have recently married a San Jose resident, hence my move to the States!!
Liza G. March 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
Liza loved the lesson, esp. how Mr. Holland explained the basics and corrected some of the notes that she was playing wrong all this while. Mr. Holland is very accommodative and easy-to-interact with.
Floro R. March 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I'd been with Simon for five lessons. Very patient and attentive. Ready to work at my own pace.
Johnny P. March 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
My son loves learning from Simon and looks forward to his weekly lesson.
Hi, there! My name is Amanda, and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a native Brazilian who's also fluent in Spanish and Italian. I am super passionate about education, and I love to help people learn music and foreign languages - for me these subjects are completely connected with each other, as the teaching approaches are very similar.
I went to The New School and earned a double degree in Jazz Performance and Liberal Arts in 2011.
In regards to music, I've been teaching private lessons since 1996 and have loved helping my students with music competitions, becoming professional, and being
accepted in top Universities. I have an extensive experience as a side musician, studio/session instrumentalist, as well as a composer, arranger and producer, and believe that sharing it can be valuable teaching tool for music students of all levels.
On the Foreign Languages side, I've helped numerous students with short and long term goals, such as a business trip, being able read novels, or just being able to have a conversation in Portuguese, Spanish or Italian.
I'm a passionate and patient person and my teaching style is totally customized according to what each student needs, what he or she likes. I'm also a big motivator, and will show you great things that you can do with the practice.
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Susan July 4, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Amanda is a phenomenal musician who also happens to be an incredibly dedicated educator. She has so much passion for music and for helping students reach their potential! When I started taking private lessons with her I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up with practice because of my really busy schedule. Amanda not only helped me to improve my playing but also taught me how to manage my time for efficient practice, always infusing every lesson with her amazing enthusiasm!
I'm really happy I found Amanda and I look forward to continuing learning from her: I highly recommend her
Sara July 1, 2015
Audition Prep ·
I have known Amanda for about a year. She has a deep sense of musicality that cannot be imitated or faked, and a vast knowledge of genres, arrangements, and technique.
Beyond the stats and her intimidatingly impressive portfolio and collaborations, what most impresses me is her grounded nature, thorough preparation, thoughtful communication & teaching, and kindness.
To know and learn from her as a musician and person is an opportunity I hope you have the privilege to take.
Glasses N. June 22, 2015
I'm a very busy lawyer and could never find a class or a teacher that would work with my schedule, so I felt that I'd never be able to learn a foreign language, and "retain it." Amanda was an amazing teacher. She'd go to my office, and understand my crazy/flexible schedule, and we'd work one-on-one on my own goals, which were to speak and understand the language, while also learning about the culture.
During our first class, Amanda asked me about my passions. I told her that I love listening to rock and that I used to practice Capoeira. So, she got me specific texts about Capoeira (in Portuguese) for us to practice reading, and every other week, she would make me learn a new song from a Brazilian rock band containing some of the new words/vocabulary that we were working on. Instead of trying to memorize words, I was just singing them while driving to work!
Totally awesome, Amanda never wasted my time and went straight into teaching what I wanted in a super fun way. I couldn't even believe that I was having fun while learning a new language!
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