Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Zach
"Best decision I've ever made.
Jessica's ability to provide accessible instruction is unparalleled. Her guidance has helped me grow immensely within a sho
rt period of time. The exercises are challenging, but Jessica readily gives the encouragement and consideration needed for one to succeed. Definitely the best teacher I've had."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dawn
Kelvin has been an excellent instructor for our daughter. He is articulate in a friendly and informative way. She enjoys her online les
sons with Kelvin and has improved her technique within months. He has discovered and adjusted the unhelpful habits that she has developed over years of study. The improved quality of her playing has not only lifted her confidence and inspired her to keep practicing, but it has been recognized by other instructors as well. Thank you Kelvin!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Julie
"Jill is a wonderful and patient teacher. She taught both of my children (ages 12 & 9) beginner violin. If we weren't moving away, we'd continue taking les
sons from her for as long as we could!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Liza
"Puts a student at ease!
When I started lessons with Michael, I was experienced on one brass instrument and a beginner on another one. He was able to show
me some useful things about the instrument I was new on, and help me keep going on the one I was already familiar with.
One thing that really stood out for me: I've always been too embarrassed to improvise musically, especially in front of anyone, but Michael got me improvising--and enjoying it!--during our very first lesson. I was impressed!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Anne
"Nicole aka Nikki was superb. She is young fresh and sweet. She has such patience for beginners in violin and makes lessons enjoyable and fun. I never felt
uncomfortable or judged or awkward in any way. She is very personable and is passionate about violin and music. I would love to have her as my instructor again and again."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by David
"Very positive and rewarding experience! Melody is very patient and encouraging! I am looking forward to our next lesson!!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Melody P L.
Review by Susan
"Adrian has an infectious laugh and loves teaching. His technical knowledge and artistic skill continues to impress me the longer I know him. I would recom
mend him to anyone that wishes technical knowledge and passionate inspiration. The cherry on top is that he is punctual and humble too."
Portland, OR teacher:
Adrian P B.
Review by Mia
"Finding an individual with the credentials or capacity to develop your technique isn't really the difficult part in searching for a teacher. As a twenty-s
omething in the early stages of developing my career, I place a much higher value in being inspired.
Despite having no prior experience with the cello and having little time to practice in between lessons, Ryan does a great job in simplifying the musical concepts and subtly drilling in the key points-- so much so that I can actually hear the improvement with every session. Not only is he very patient and attentive, Ryan also shows an obvious enthusiasm towards his craft that is highly infectious.
The lessons themselves are thorough, but still engaging. Given my hectic lifestyle, I was initially uncertain about committing to a new skill and figured my interest in the cello would waver. I'm still no cello aficionado--however, this first set of lessons has surprisingly heightened that initial interest and convinced me to keep at it.
Bottom Line: If you're looking for a teacher or considering the instrument, I would definitely recommend giving Ryan a shot!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Al
"A true professional bassist who has worked with some of the best in the music industry, Dwight has a knack for bringing you up to your next level of perfo
rmance. His lessons are well planned and make the best use of your time online and in the "woodshed".
I highly recommend Dwight to anyone looking for a "hand up" to your next level!"
Music Director of the Chicago Philharmonia Orchestra since 1985, Farobag has also served as Managing Director of the University of Chicago Performing Artists Series from 1989 through 2002 and principal conductor of its resident professional ensembles. A skilled interpreter of Baroque literature as well, Farobag continues in his capacity as Artistic Advisor to the Baroque Masterplayers, a virtuoso ensemble that concatenates period performance techniques with modern instruments thus creating a unique voice within the realm of 17th and 18th- century repertoire.
A double graduate of the Eastma
n School of Music and the University of Rochester, Farobag studied under Anastasia Jempelis, a pioneer of Suzuki violin pedagogy in the United States. In addition to the Suzuki curriculum, he is also associated with the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program that sets a national standard of musical achievement in various fields.
Befitting his penchant for encouraging artistic interest amongst younger members of his community, Farobag is also the principal conductor of the Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra that offers a unique mixture of young and seasoned professionals sitting side-by-side in a strictly professional setting. Since the year 2000, the ZSO has staged highly successful performances at various venues in Houston, Chicago, and Toronto. A New Year's eve performance in Los Angeles is scheduled for 2014.
Having also taken graduate-level coursework in educational psychology, mathematics, and philosophy at the University of Chicago, Farobag offers tutelage in various areas of elementary and secondary education as well as in SAT, ACT and GRE test preparation.
Additionally, as a certified Reiki Master, therapeutic and/or educational sessions are also extended to those who may be inclined to alternative healing techniques.
*** Lesson Details *** Sheer technique is necessary but insufficient to play an instrument well. Aural skills, that include the study of functional tonality and voice-leading are important factors that impart musicality. This is of great import if the prospective musician wants the audience to truly enjoy his or her performance !
Whether it be the 3 Rs or preparation in the performing arts, a remarkable instructor must go well beyond the subject matter at hand and help imbue the student with a spirit of wonder that, in due time, will foster enthusiasm necessary for excellence.
A child emulates and learns to communicate in his or her mother-tongue through a supporting and nurturing environment. Likewise, a student needs to be sufficiently motivated to embrace learning in a familiar supportive manner.
*** Studio Equipment *** The In-Studio lesson take place in the living room. Driveway parking. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment *** None; I do expect a reasonably good piano / keyboard at a student's home.
*** Specialties *** Traditional and Suzuki-based education. Performance and musicality training is open to all instrumentalists.
Bluma F. November 5, 2014
Online Verified Student
I love listening to music. I took each of my sons to music lesson starting at age 4. Music and singing come natural to them now as adults.
My favorite times are listening to them and I would love to join in but I am always self conscience and don't want to embarrass them.
When we recently retired I decided to take some classes for enjoyment and also to push myself to conquer some fears..I was going to go to a local music teacher to inquire about singing lesson, but somehow I happened on takelessons.com and was matched up with Mr. Farobag. Lucky me!! I have been taking lessons on Skype for over 6 months now! Farobag is the kindest and the most patient teacher in the world..really, really..he makes me feel like I can keep a tune and that I am capable of improving.
I actually pleasantly surprised my family by volunteering at a camp talent show over the summer. I might not have been the best but I was given a standing ovation for trying. (and probably the oldest up there!)
..and this is the best..I was taking lessons for more than 2 months when I decided to look up Mr. Farobag on the TakeLessons site..Oh My Goodness! I really lucked out - that is all I will say- as I could go on and on about his talents and cv!
Thank You Thank you Farobag for your encouragement.
Danielle H. August 13, 2014
Mr. Farobag provides piano lessons for my teenage daughter. She has been working with him for about 10 months. Since she started working with Farobag, her love for playing piano has grown, and her skills have improved exponentially. In addition to his obvious talents, he is professional, patient, and also very flexible with scheduling. He has a genuine interest in seeing his students learn and improve. I would highly recommend him for anyone interested in taking lessons. He also has a strong background in math, and has offered to tutor my 3 children, if needed. We may be calling upon him soon for that!
Hamid R. July 16, 2014
Online Verified Student
I can not describe my level of admiration and respect for Farobag. He is a great teacher, very much in sync with his inner child and therefore a perfect teacher. Hard to imagine he giving up of any of his students no matter how hard at times teaching appears to be.
I've been teaching guitar professionally since I've been 17 and I've taught a wide range of musicals styles from Jazz, Blues, Fusion, to Rock you name it. My first experience with the instrument was 8 years ago and since then I haven't put it down. Early on in my teaching career I found that it's important for students to have the drive to learn, but it's more important to have someone that can guide them in the right direction. I believe the role of a teacher is not only to instill that drive, but to fuel the fire of their imaginations through fun and effective exercises. I've had the pleasur
e of teaching students ranging from 5 to 60 years of age and have found that the fundamentals of playing are applied across the map.
I'm currently attending Columbia College of Chicago and I'll be receiving my bachelors in instrumental performance mid May. I've studied under some great players such as Frank Dawson, Harry Hmura, Chris Forte and currently studying under Peter Lerner.
*** Lesson Details *** I understand what it's like to be in a tense environment where all the material is condensed and thrown at you in a set amount of time. I'm not an advocate of such curriculums. I promote an atmosphere where a student isn't afraid to ask questions and feels the need to express his or her thoughts on whatever we may be learning.
I've come to the conclusion that everyone learns differently and different avenues need to be taken in order for a student to learn. I feel as though every student needs a customized lesson plan that will help them excel. We're all attracted to music in one way or another so I feel the need to tend to what attracted you to playing and writing music in the first place. For example if you like classic rock we will explore certain techniques, ideas, songs and song structures that pertain to that genre. I like to partner you're interests with basic fundamentals of music such as note reading, music theory, and listening exercises. The goal is to keep progressing and learning new things.
*** Studio Equipment *** Upstairs studio: guitar rig set-up, studio speakers, pro tools set up, recording gear, practice amps, music stands, chairs, additional seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide an amplifier, cable, tuner, sheet music and even a guitar need be. I expect my students to provide themselves with a guitar so after the lesson and during the week they can practice the material I have provided them with.
*** Specialties *** I like to start out young students with reading music along with teaching them and exploring the music they are interested in.
Thomas R. May 19, 2014
In home Verified Student
Hristo is patient and full of passion for music. He is very knowledgeable and capable of imparting this knowledge well on children, as he has done thus far with our 10-year old and 6 year-old (first full month of lessons). He is flexible and even came to our house for the lesson when our schedule for that day was affected by another commitment.
Its going well thus far and our sons look forward to the lessons every week.
Xavier L. March 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
This guy loves what he does!
Histro is always on time and is very knowledgeable. He is a college grad that can teach you soo much. I've never played guitar before and after my third lesson with him, I already know 12 chords and am capable of playing at least two songs. A very relaxing way to spend my sundays. He makes it fun to learn the guitar!
Hello, my name is Brian and I am currently studying my Bachelor's in Music Education at VanderCook College of Music. It is the only college in the world that specializes in specifically Music Education, and has been since 1909. The school teaches us a basic understanding of 17 instruments and voice, while also teaching theory, aural skills, music history, professional ed courses, and includes a large number of various ensembles. Because of this, I'm able to teach some basic concepts on all of the band/orchestra instruments. Personally, I started taking piano lessons in 2000 and started drum se
t lessons in 2002. I've always had a dual musician life after that point, and was apart of the band and jazz band programs from 5th grade until now (sophomore in college). While attending Marist High School, I taught myself guitar, bass guitar, banjo, harmonica, and tin whistle. I expanded my concepts of music and genres, and find myself very knowledgeable of classical, jazz, rock, blues, and pop on piano, and fluent in jazz, blues, rock, Latin, and pop styles on drum set. I am willing to teach any student their musical needs as they prosper through their lives as an artist. I hope to one day teach in a band setting with my degree, offer private lessons, and compose music on the side.
*** Lesson Details *** For lessons, I'm ready to work on making some music while always having fun. As the lessons progress, I start to expect more from the student regarding retaining knowledge and muscle memory throughout learning their technique and repertoire. This will come with consistent practice. After 3 or 6 months, the beginning students will find themselves recognizing note names, rhythms, meter, melodies and harmonies, and mechanics of their instrument. My goal is to keep the student interested in the music while learning about themselves.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would expect my students to provide themselves with their own instrument but I would provide my own in addition to theirs while teaching, unless there is the sharing of a piano. I can also provide various sheet music.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in classical, jazz, rock, and blues for piano. I specialize in rudimentary drumming, rock, jazz, and latin for drums/percussion. I believe in making sure the student learns as much as possible about his or her instrument, can improve each day, and ultimately can have fun while playing.
Joe S. July 31, 2014
I thoroughly enjoy studying piano with Bryan it is a delightful experience, he is both very patient and knowledgeable, do yourself a favor and sign up with Bryan! ---Posted on behalf of student Carolyn S.
Brian G. May 5, 2013
This teacher has many great qualities in the field of music education.
I am learning a great deal from this teacher about the piano and life qualities in general. I have taken the tools I've learned from each lesson to apply in my own practice to develop myself as a musician. I would recommend Brian Goodman to anyone interested in learning about music.
I started my journey with singing in high school by participating in the school musicals and different choir ensembles. When I got to college I started taking private lessons and music classes for fun until I realized this is my passion. Then I started my journey with really learning the voice as an instrument and how it works. I am a vocal scientist at heart believing you will go a long way as long as you know how to grow.
I then went on to get my degree at VanderCook College of Music where they teach nothing but music education so I was able to learn all the band and orchestral instrumen
ts on top regular classes and voice lessons. I took the time to study privately with our percussion professor to learn rhythms and with our sight singing and ear training professor to further develop my ear and knowledge. All in all I have been studying the voice for seven years and counting. I do all this so that I could pass that experience down to you.
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons I like to teach vocal techniques such as raising your soft palate, correct breathing techniques, and a forward placement. These are the tools to help a vocal musician grow for the rest of their lives.
Another part of being a vocal musician that I teach in every lesson is ear training and rhythm. I like off switch off every week so not too much time is taken away from the piece we are working on. So one week we would focus on rhythm and the other ear training. These are things I wish I would have learned earlier on and are essential to being an independent musician.
I like to keep a more uplifting environment when teaching so although you should expect a push for success, you should always feel comfortable and not afraid to make mistakes.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in the studio room, electric piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide literature and a music stand while the students should have a full length keyboard and or piano.
*** Specialties *** I teach rhythm, sight singing and ear training, general musical terms, as well as specific vocal techniques.
Ray S. January 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
While my son has only taken a few lessons with Marissa, we highly value her instruction. She's prepared, focused, and personable. My son isn't only learning to sing a song. He's learning the art of vocal training. It's amazing to hear his development in only 3 lessons so far. Marissa is definitely a great teacher.
Tracy Z. January 25, 2014
Singing Verified Student
Excellent singing teacher
Marissa is an excellent singing teacher. She has a calm and warm approach with her students and is very patient. She loves what she does and it shows!
My name is Ricardo. I am a skilled Classically trained pianist. I hold a Piano Performing/Teaching Diploma from Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory of Music in Venezuela, a Bachelor degree in Music Education with emphasis in Piano from Adventist University of Colombia, and a Master of Arts in Music with a concentration in Piano and Choral conducting from West Texas A & M University. I have over 26 years of experience teaching piano students with skill levels that range from beginner to advanced. I have also instructed major and non-major piano students at the College level. I have taught pian
o lessons to children, teenagers, adults and elderly people. I have also had experience developing and implementing piano curriculum. I have performed at numerous recitals, concerts, and church services throughout the years. It has always been my goal to commit to my students and to create the best possible learning environment according to their needs, goals, and backgrounds. I carefully select repertoire and technical exercises that suit the needs of my students. I am comfortable with teaching conventional classical repertoire, hymns and praise, and popular repertoire including Pop and jazz. I teach my students solid technique, interpretative and sight-reading skills, and music theory foundations. I seek to instill the love and appreciation of music in my students.
*** Lesson Details *** Besides studying and learning repertoire according to their level, my beginner students receive training in music theory, sight-reading, and technique.My intermediate and advanced students will focus on repertoire, sight-reading and techniqueI teach all of my students how to maximize their practice time. I teach them methods and strategies on how to approach challenging spots. I teach my students to analyze the music and find patterns that will facilitate the learning of the repertoire and increase their confidence and motivation. After 6 months of taking lessons regularly and practicing consistently, a beginner student should be able to play simple pieces using notes within the staffs, including whole-, half-, quarter-,and eighth-notes. Students will have a good hand posture, good finger coordination, and a basic understanding of dynamics.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students need an electronic piano or an acoustic piano
*** Specialties *** I have used mostly Alfred's methods for the first couple of years. After that i used a combination of different resources for technique, repertoire, and theory. It has always been my goal to commit to my students and to create the best possible learning environment according to their needs, goals, and backgrounds. I carefully select repertoire and technical exercises that suit the needs of my students. I am comfortable with teaching both conventional classical and popular repertoire. In my lessons, I teach useful keyboard skills such as proper technique, sight-reading, and accompanying.
Suzy G. February 20, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Ricardo's approach to teaching piano is simply excellent.
Ricardo's knowledge of the piano is clearly evident. He is a courteous and polished individual who devotes focused attention upon the student. He is patient and offers very constructive recommendations that have helped my development. Ricardo is an excellent teacher who I highly recommend. If you want to learn how to play the piano, take your lessons from Ricardo.
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