Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
Check out some of these recent reviews.
Review by Becky
"Athena Has Been An Amazing Piano Teacher! She Has Such Amazing Patience & Is Really a Great Teacher! She Helps You Focus On The Important Points & Makes Y
ou Feel Comfortable When You Mess Up. She Understands Learning A New Instrument Takes Patience & Time & She's There To Strengthen Your Weak Points."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Bob
"The whole concept of "take lessons" is a winner
Jared is outstanding as a knowledgable professional teacher. I'm learning to sing after putting it off fo
r many years. Not only has Jared brought me along nicely with encouragement and instruction but he has helped me enormously wth my speaking voice."
Louisville, KY teacher:
Review by Hamid
"Benjamin is a dynamic teacher who recognizes his students strength and weakness and provides specific instruction for improvement. Great job Ben."
Ann Arbor, MI teacher:
Review by Rachel
"Brandon has been giving drum lessons to my special needs son, Lucas (8 years old). He has been incredibly patient about building a relationship with Luca
s and fabulously effective about teaching him drum skills even though my son is very prone to shut down due to anxiety and stress when learning anything new. Brandon has been awesome for my son! I would highly recommend Brandon to any other parents with special needs children."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Carolee
"I've been taking guitar lessons from Miles for almost two years. He is very patient, flexible, and supportive and really knows his stuff. :) I highly re
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Miguel
"Justine is very patient when teaching, and always has great advice to give at the end of a lesson. Her sessions are concise, friendly, and very helpful. S
he was a great teacher for me, as a beginner."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Ralph
"I was looking for a teacher to learn how to play the flute. I wanted an expert that could put me on track and motivate me to keep doing better. Encouragin
g me along the way with pointed advice. If you are looking for a terrific flute teacher, you found one ."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Ana
"Samara is a wonderful musician and instructor. Our son Alex (8 years old) who never played piano before, learned fast and played a few pieces on his own i
n a short period of time. Our daughter Danielle (10 years old) played piano before but changed her mind and picked violin instead. Samara worked with Danielle and was able to encourage her to not give up. Danielle plays a few pieces but her favorite is "A whole new world". Both of them got very advanced in 6 months of working with Samara . I picked Samara over other music instructors for her personality and kindness. She is full of patience and both of my kids felt very comfortable with her. We miss her and hope to find another music instructor like her!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Lorenzo
"Donna is a very enthusiastic teacher. Even before she scheduled the 1st lesson, she asked about my background in playing sax and what my goals are (which
is sight reading and improvisation). She immediately recommended a couple of books. The next day she came for the 1st lesson, I was prepared and she came prepared. I am self-taught in playing sax. She is my first private tutor. She gave me tips on warming up, improving my tone, pitch exercises and getting the right rhythm on a jazz song. She brought her sax also and played side by side as she tutored me. She gave me homework for my next weeks lesson. She knows exactly what I need. I am so motivated to play more. She even stayed longer than one hour just to make sure I get my questions answered. I'm telling you she's the best. School starts next week, I can't wait to tell my classmates about her. I'll be in 10th grade. You have nothing to lose. In fact, I've already learned more in 1 hour than what I learned in 1 month at school."
Phil B. has Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance that he earned at Central Washington University in 1991. Soon after graduating from CWU Phil relocated to the Seattle area and has been teaching and performing professionally in this area ever since. As a performer Phil has worked with many different artists known both internationally and locally in a very wide range of styles, such as Stephen Pearcy (voice of the 80's Metal Band Ratt), top local big band The Jazz Police, Popular Las Vegas Entertainer "Zowie Bowie, and the late great blue legend Isaac Scott (voted into the Washington Bl
ue Society Hall of Fame 1991). Recently Phil has been working with some of the most popular dance/show bands in the Northwest, including The Goods, That 80's Show, Galaxy 54, Vanity, and Gold Digger. As an instructor Phil worked as a clinician and private instructor with Music Works Northwest and the Seattle Drum School. Currently Phil teaches privately in several different studios in the Seattle Puget Sound area.
*** Studio Equipment *** Complete 5-piece Drum Set
*** Specialties *** I teach the Moeller Method. This is a system of technique which involves three basic wrist motions. The basics can be taught in one lesson, but the application takes a lifetime. I also teach all popular styles of contemporary drum set, such as rock, jazz, funk, r&b, and many different Latin styles. I work with students on reading both on snare drum and drum set and also get them playing along and transcribing with recordings of whatever style of music is of interest to them.
Vickie P. June 3, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I would give him 10 stars if I could! Awesome! Wonderful! He connected with my son. Very encouraging and taught Joshua a whole lot. He was beyond our expectations!
K C. April 18, 2015
Our son has been taking lessons from Phil for approximately three years (he’s 10 now) and has really enjoyed it. He really admires Phil. He has advanced along in his playing steadily. Phil has been teaching our son how to chart drum parts and also learn songs for band performances with two other boys his age. He’s not only learned drumming methods, but is also learning to listen to what other musicians are doing to serve a role and be part of a team. We highly recommend Phil… he’s a great teacher and great with kids!
Colton M. January 5, 2015
I have been bringing my son to Phil for a little over a year now. He is fantastic and has been wonderful to have working with my son. My son was 7 at the time and has since turned 8, he is doing so well that he is ready to play in a kids band. Phil has done a very good job teaching my son the ups and downs of playing music and also has done a very good job of making it fun for him so he hasn't lost interest. I would highly recommend taking lessons from Phil.
I have been teaching percussion lessons since 1994. Outside of my home studio, I have also taught within the Auburn (WA) and Tucson (AZ) public schools as a percussion and music specialist, at The University of Rio Grande (OH) as an affiliate faculty member, at Ohio University and The University of Arizona as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI) as the All-State percussion instructor, and at New England Music Camp (ME) as a faculty member.
I have performed with numerous professional orchestras including the Tucson, Phoenix, and Juneau (AK) symphonies and was the prin
cipal percussionist and timpanist for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra in Arizona. My volunteer performances have included churches, adult care facilities, children's museums, universities, public schools, bookstores, and farmer's markets.
I have a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance with a minor in Ethnomusicology. I have a strong interest in percussion instruments of many cultures including Trinidad, where I studied steel drums in 2005, and Ghana, West Africa where I studied drumming, dance, and the Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone) in 2006.
In 2009, I was awarded a grant from the University of Arizona to travel to Appleton, Wisconsin for the Zeltsman Marimba Festival. Other awards I have earned include the Concerto Competition from Western Washington University, the Music Advisory Board Scholarship from The University of Arizona, and the Graduate Achievement Award in Service from Ohio University.
*** Lesson Details *** In your first lesson we will discuss your musical goals and interests. If applicable, you should bring along any music that you are currently practicing, have played most recently, and/or would like to perform. If you are learning a new instrument, we will go over the basic technique and I will give you some exercises to practice at home.
Whether you are new to percussion or have been playing for years, your lessons will be tailored to help you reach your full potential and get the most out of your musical experiences. If you are interested in solo performance, we can perform together within the community. (I especially enjoy performing at care centers, farmers markets and in church services.) If you are interested in performing in ensembles, competing in solo/ensemble competitions, or studying music in college, I can help you prepare a successful audition. If you are interested in playing drums or marimba because they are fun, I can introduce you to new opportunities and impart knowledge that will inspire you and continue to open your mind.
I am patient and creative in my approach to tackling challenges in improving technique, sight-reading, and musicality. I believe that music performance should be an enjoyable and energizing experience for the performer and the listener. My life has been deeply touched by the art of sound and I hope to pass on this passion.
I have a large library of method books, solos and CDs available to check out and peruse between lessons. You are expected to purchase method books and solos that you will be using long-term. Spending quality time with your instrument between lessons should be enjoyable; I will provide you with direction on how to effectively use your at-home practice time while still having fun playing music.
*** Studio Equipment *** In my studio, I have a drum set, marimba, timpani, snare drums, practice pads, a tenor (lead) steel drum, auxiliary percussion instruments, Ghanaian (African) drums and gyili (African xylophones).
*** Specialties *** I specialize in orchestral percussion (snare drum, timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, etc.), marimba, African drumming (especially Ghanaian drumming) and drum set. I also play steel drums and guitar.
Miho T. June 4, 2015
Music Performance ·
Kendra is an effective educator because she is very detail oriented without being uptight or too picky. She has great ideas for teaching, knows how to develop them, and offers them to students and the community. In addition, she creates fun learning opportunities open to the pubic, where anyone can come and enjoy drumming. This shows that she is a good leader and wants to share her passion for music with other people. To me, these are two of Kendra's greatest strengths. We are lucky to have her in the Puget Sound area.
Michael F. June 2, 2015
Hand Drums ·
Kendra has provided lessons on the African drum for a year. In that time I stumbled from basic novice to something far beyond that. As my technique improved Kendra gently continued to move the bar and set high expectations, all the while offering encouragement and understanding my learning style. I looked forward to the lessons, knowing each one would offer another challenge. I now have a much better sense of what the hand drum is all about and look forward to learning even more.
Raphael H. May 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've been taking lessons from Kendra for about three months now. She is a gifted teacher with credentials second to none. She has amazing patience and makes you feel comfortable regardless of your skill level. And most importantly can teach to any style or skill level. Highly recommended!
I'm a professional composer, teacher, and pianist - and I like to keep active doing all three throughout my community. On July 31, 2013 TakeLessons featured me on Seattle King 5's morning TV news program - I taught a miniature lesson and discussed the impact of piano lessons on the brain. My piano and composition lessons are very in-depth, but also very flexible. Because of my thorough knowledge and experience with music, I can teach all ages, skill levels, and an array of important subjects - including piano, ear-training, music theory, improvisation, composition, creativity, music history, e
thnomusicology, and percussion. I cater to each student's interests as well as incorporate many of these subjects into my piano lessons so that every student gains a thorough understanding of music and becomes a well-rounded musician.
I started taking Suzuki piano lessons when I was 5 and quickly fell in love with the piano. Since the Suzuki method incorporates such thorough ear-training and the ability to play without sheet music, I quickly began to explore my creative side and was improvising on the piano by age 7. Naturally, this led to composition! Music was flowing through me, and I was able to both improvise and compose my inspirations on the piano. I entered and placed in the Reflections state composition contest each year. Throughout my youth, I was also very involved with the band (played trumpet), dance, drama and attended many symphonies, ballets, plays and operas - giving me a well-rounded artistic upbringing.
I pursued my passion and earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Mills College, followed by a Master's degree in music composition from the renowned California Institute of the Arts. My thorough education has taught me to compose for any instrument or ensemble as well as compose for film, dance, and theater. It has also taught me to understand the piano in-depth, along with theory and ear-training. Since graduating in 2006, I have scored several films, received commissions to compose for ensembles and musicians, and taught both composition and piano lessons. I also created an ensemble named SIRÃoNa that I composed for, managed, and performed piano, percussion, and indigenous flutes in, and I was interviewed and featured on NPR along with local radio stations and newspapers. I have produced two CD's. Most recently, I composed a score for a silent film, premiering live with the Seattle Jazz Ensemble as part of the moisture festival in Seattle.
Do you want to learn to sit at any piano and simply play what you feel? Or turn that tune running through your head into a song that you or others can perform? Or to master every detail of a piece of music so that you can express it exactly as the composer intended? I can teach you! I encourage all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative musical passions and discover the endless possibilities of piano performance and music composition!
*** Lesson Details *** When teaching piano, I take a similar approach to the Suzuki method. But instead of teaching from the Suzuki books, I teach my own composed exercises and pieces that I believe are more fun and accessible to today's student of any age! I create MP3 recordings of each exercise and have students listen to and memorize the exercises in their own time.This is a very important aspect of my lessons that thoroughly develops the ear - giving the student the ability to play the exercise from memory and to deeply understand the connection between their actions and the resulting sound.
I develop my exercises to progress each student through an increasing degree of technique difficulty and musical parameters - such as rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, key and range. Beginning exercises will isolate a specific musical parameter to bring thorough understanding of its possibilities, while advanced exercises and pieces will work on coordinating multiple parameters and techniques at the same time. Within 6 months, a beginner piano student will have tackled and perfected simple yet fun exercises that incorporate each major musical parameter, as well as develop correct posture and finger technique, and have developed some ear training and basic music theory skills. I also have my students do creative exercises, which develop more thorough ear training and the ability to eventually improvise and compose on the piano. More advanced piano students will perfect their ability to interpret and express each piece of music that they play and will receive thorough ear training, music theory lessons, and develop their creative abilities through piano improvisation and composition. Once they have tackled the fundamentals, intermediate and advanced piano students will learn the classics as well.
Along with piano lessons, I'm also highly qualified to teach music composition - including beginning to advanced composition, music theory, composing for any instrument or ensemble, Sibelius computer notation program, film scoring, and orchestration.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private room, desk, professional digital piano - 88 keys fully weighted, piano bench. 2 professional cameras and iMac computer for online lessons. Percussion instruments for young students. Sibelius for composition students... Parents can sit in.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have their own piano or keyboard when having a lesson in their home.
*** Specialties *** Piano, Composition, Suzuki method, Classical, Contemporary, Ear Training, Memory Training, Piano Improvisation, Music Theory, Piano Ergonomics, In-depth Holistic Approach, Music History, Rhythm and Percussion. Success in teaching ages 3 and up, all backgrounds and ages.
Ron I. March 28, 2015
Online Verified Student
She is patient and knowledgeable, I highly recommend her!
Mercedes L. January 9, 2015
Online Verified Student
Teri has been instrumental in bringing music back into my life. Her teaching abilities allow her to adjust to students specific needs. She takes the time to learn and understand her students which allows them to feel comfortable and move at a pace that best works for them.
DavidM6 January 24, 2012
Teri has a unique ability to communicate an understanding of music both by ear and theory that makes learning and appreciating synonymous. Her use of mp3's for home study and systematic/ progressive teaching method makes learning both measurable and fun.
Teaching has been my profession for a few years now. My students come eager each lesson and I'm happy to teach them what I've learned over the years. I get onto the students level and teach them based off their skill set, what they want to learn, and what they feel comfortable learning, but will push you to try new things.
*** Lesson Details *** I want my students to feel welcome and excited to learn the subject they are enthusiastic about. Every lesson, my students get taught something new, never leaving without learning anything. Since you acquire your'.e folder on the first lesson, you
take home new material to study each week. Whether it be guitar or music theory, I will teach you a wide range of skills and techniques.
*** Studio Equipment *** Multiple amps, extra guitar, cables, music stand, and other necessities.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have a guitar. Any additional resources I can provide.
*** Specialties *** Jazz, Instrumental, Metal, Improvisation, Classical, 7-string, etc.
Erica O. October 11, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Will has been great with my 13 yr old niece. She is complete beginner, and he has been very patient and encouraging, she feels more confident after each lesson. He give her new lessons each week to take home and practice, she practices everyday and looks forward to her lessons each week.
Donna C. March 12, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Will is a highly knowledgeable and relatable instructor
With Willâs patience and easy instruction I am slowly learning the instrument that I love. Will is always prepared for our session with hand outs and a lesson plan. I appreciate that he is willing to take our lesson in a different direction then originally planned depending on my progression. His style is very laid back while still having expectations of your development which is nice because this pushes me to do the work. I highly recommend Will as your instructor.
christy W. January 23, 2014
Guitar Verified Student
Will has been amazing with my 12yr old , sooo patient! Cant be easy to teach a 12yr old girl but she is doing great and looks forward to each lesson. He commands a get to work attitude and structure to keep her on track and focused through out the lesson. I would highly highly recommend Will.
Mercedes is friendly and patient. She is an active performer and sings professionally all over Western Washington. She teaches "Speech Level Singing" Technique. She is fun and very interactive. Her students say "learning from Mercedes is like having fun" you work hard, but you don't feel it.
Mercedes teaches breath control, learning how to tap into your power, voice care, singing with confidence, and performance skills.
Mercedes Genre's are: Jazz, Folk, Gospel and Blues
Lydia N. July 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
Just had my first lesson with Mercedes, and I am SO happy I chose her! She was patient, encouraging, uplifting, very knowledgeable, and a lot of fun! I'd recommend Mercedes to anybody! :)
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