Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Maria Reyna
"One of the best instructors we have worked with so far! My daughter looks forward to the lessons each week and she has learned a lot from her time with Hs
Houston, TX teacher:
Review by robert
Berthe is a great teacher. I have learned more from her than I have any other piano teacher that I have had. She is very patient with me
and has a great way of helping me understand the music. I highly recommend her!"
Tampa, FL teacher:
Review by Gina
"Sharon is fantastic! My son is loving his time with her and learning so much already! Thank you Sharon for being so wonderful! So glad we found you!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Vanessa
"She's been soo helpful to me...as a newbie
Patricia has really helped me learn good skills to preserve my voice and to sing the appropriate way. I look f
orward to improving on the skills she's taught me so far."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Kevin
"Where was Richie when I first started playing music?
I have had several music teachers in my life and while I learned something from each I wish Richie h
ad been around or at least someone with his patience, technique and passion for music. He has a great knowledge base but still considers himself a student of music. The combination of his humble demeanor and skill level would make anyone feel like they were just sitting down and playing with a friend for and hour.
The best thing about his style of teaching is how he employs practical guitar/music theory to propel you forward much more quickly to a level that you might never have thought possible to reach in such a short amount of time."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by K
"Actually learning guitar!
"I don't know how I got so lucky to find one of the few teachers in the area that not only enjoys playing but also teaches flam
enco guitar. Mark is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, multi-talented and endlessly patient, a crucial quality for a thick-headed adult student like me. He takes his work seriously and conducts himself very professionally, but still manages to make every lesson a lot of fun. Amazingly, I am learning to play the guitar, which I never thought I could. Highly recommended.""
Gainesville, GA teacher:
Review by Thomas
"I met Jordan while he worked at a local cafe and he was always very kind to me and my 2 sons as they were growing up from a very young age. During one of
our many conversations, Jordan mentioned he was a music instructor. He is not the only person in the cafe who played instruments but Jordan's guidance related to music was always VERY genuine. You could easily tell he knew what he was talking about while others just gave answers on a whim. Both of my kids showed some interest in guitar and we began lessons with Jordan a few months ago. I could not be happier. I have also joined in and we quickly learned how to play songs. His lessons are great and it is amazing how he keeps my 8 and 10 year old so focused. I have been learning too. I would give more stars if I could. Jordan is a very talented musician, a great person and an excellent educator. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to seriously learn guitar."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Matthew
"I've had other piano instructors, but with Joseph I've learned a lot more."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Grace L.
"Jumi has been playing the piano for worship services at a church for a long. I have known her for quite a long time, and her performance is always well ar
ranged. I'd even noticed she provided proper instructions to members of the praise team. It means she is sort of an all-round music maven. Jumi is very cooperative and willing to help when she finds someone who is in need of direction."
I have been playing since I was 4 years old and have been loving every minute of it. I have been fortunate to play and tour with many groups here in the US and in Europe. Over the years I have really enjoyed passing on my knowledge and love of music making to others. I would be honored if you gave me the opportunity to help your or your family achieve their musical dreams.
*** Lesson Details *** First and foremost I am very laid back and that helps my students relax into the process of making great music. Expect your first lesson to be about getting to know each other and getting a firm
idea of what your expectations are.
Everyone learns at a different pace and has changing interests. Within the framework of moving you towards your musical goals I create custom goals and lessons for my students.
What does that mean? Well, you can pick out some of your own music, customize the way you practice, decide when you want to move forward with more challenging music and many other things.
I do expect my students to learn several pieces of music at a time and perform so you can share your music. That's what it is all about after all!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music room with seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** None, all students require an instrument to practice on.
*** Specialties *** Classical solo Orchestral audition prep Suzuki
Tom X. December 23, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Mark Williams's violin teaching is very experienced and professional. He helped prepare my daughter for her county orchestra audition, and she made it! My daughter enjoys the pieces assigned, and his constructive feedback has allowed her to fix bowing technique and other problems. Each lesson is focused on improving and learning new and old skills. His teaching has made my daughter a better violinist! The schedule is also flexible to fit all my daughter's activities. If you are looking for an excellent violin teacher, Mark Williams is the one!
Richard O. December 7, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Excellent Violin learning
Mark is an experienced and excellent Violin teacher. He is very flexible, reliable, respectful, and very very patient. My daughter's violin playing has improved very much all because of Mark's teaching skills, style and professionalism.
Judy Q. May 5, 2013
Violin Verified Student
Excited about learning more!!!
Mark is an excellent teacher. He helped me correct my stand and holding the violin and hand position which has me playing much better. We had to back up to the basics but that will help me be a better violinist. He also has been flexiable about changing dates and time to fit my needs. I recommend him to anyone!
I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony
Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.
*** Lesson Details *** I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The current Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.
*** Specialties *** Drums --- Rock, Jazz Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular
Eric S. July 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
I have enjoyed a lot of time with him. It is very great to spend time preparing my auditions . he is very helpful for what I am struggling with.
If possible, I want to give him 100 stars.
Thank you so much!!
Joseph & Irene N. October 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Mr. Stephen has been a great teacher , He has been teaching my boys piano for about nine months and he knows how to teach each one of them at their level. The boys started at the same time and they are learning at a great pace. I would recommend Mr. Stephen to anyone looking for a great teacher. He is truly a blessing and my boy always look forward to going for lessons
Pat N. September 4, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Steve D. is an excellent teacher! My daughter is in the band at her middle school, and she started taking lessons a few weeks before school started. She was worried about having to play a part on the bells that she did not know. Steve showed her exactly how to play it, and she was able to play the whole piece before leaving her lesson. She came worried, and she left confident! Steve is very patient, and is able to answer any question you ask him regarding percussion. He is very kind as well, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs lessons.
I have been teaching music to young people since 1987. I began as an elementary music specialist and taught in public schools for thirteen years. After starting my family, I began to teach part time as a Preschool music and movement teacher and private piano instructor. I now have fifteen years experience in this field. In the fall of 2013, I added a group keyboard class to my schedule for young beginners. My experience in the music classroom and the piano studio continues to inform my teaching and approach to working with music students of all ages. Students respond positively to the exci
tement and beauty of making music.
During every piano lesson I aim to help the student play musically and beautifully. We listen to different styles of music and use expressive technique to recreate that style.
My piano studies began in the first-grade. I studied the piano through high school and entered college as a music major with piano as my principal instrument. I chose the flute when middle school band was offered and continued to play through high school and college. My degree course was classroom/choral music which lead me to be a University Singer at Ole Miss during my four years there. It's fair to say that music has contributed greatly to make me the person I am .
I lived in Yokkaichi Japan after graduation from college where I taught conversational English and served as a Christian missionary. When I returned to the Atlanta area, I began my music education career. My music library has grown to include books, cds and music in American Folk music, multi-cultural folk music, classical and jazz music. I've also had the privilege of gaining many hours of professional training in Orff Schulwerk , Kodaly, Choral education and working with young children .
My mission is to bring music to life in my lessons and my students' lives!
*** Lesson Details *** I think my best teaching characteristic is encouragement. When you're learning something new, you need time to get it right. I use Alfred's Premier Performance series because it includes duets for the teacher and student to play together. This is a fun way to play rhythmically and have ensemble sound while getting started. Alfred also introduces multiple styles of music, simple folk songs to more complicated boogie and dance rhythms as well as classical selections. My students prepare music for the winter holidays and a spring recital. I introduce scales for students who are ready by the second and third year and supplement course books with popular and classical pieces.
*** Studio Equipment *** Petrof studio upright piano, drums, CD's, library of supplemental piano music.
*** Specialties *** Traditional method series instruction for young students through adult. I recently added the Musikgarten "Making Music at the Keyboard" curriculum to my method choices. The Musikgarten approach focuses on aural training, leading students to internalize the music they learn before playing it at the keyboard. It emphasizes hearing, singing and playing the rhythmic and melodic patterns before reading them. Like learning to read words, this approach starts with "speaking" the language of music followed by reading and writing it.
Andrew S. November 6, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Ginger is an awesome piano teacher. My children have adapted well and she is very creative and flexible with their learning style. I look forward to what the future will hold :-)
Ryan T. September 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
She is a great teacher, very recommendable.
Sammy P. August 4, 2015
Ginger Tankersley has been a great teacher for my son Sammy for the last year. she is laid back and positive and I feel that Sam has learned quickly under her tutelage. We are continuing lessons this year. Sam had a successful recital in May and sounded to me that he had been playing more than a year. Couldn't ask for a better teachdr for my boy.
I have a Master of Music in Flute Performance Degree with Distinction from the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008 and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance, Magna Cum Laude, from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia in 2005. I have studied flute under Christina Smith and Carl Hall both of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Willoughby. I have performed in numerous master classes as well as been a member of the National Wind Symphony in New York City. I earned merit scholarships from both the Longy School of Music and Kennesaw State University. I am
a member of Phi Kappa Phi, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honor Society and Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society. I currently maintain a private studio teaching students in Rockdale, Morgan, Newton and DeKalb Counties. I have adjudicated for the Georgia Music Educators Association as well as taught sectionals and marching band camps for area schools.
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